Myra J. Tawfik

Myra J. Tawfik is a senior fellow at CIGI and an expert in intellectual property capacity building.

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International and Canadian Copyright Law
International and Canadian Intellectual Property Law
Corporate and Commercial Law
Legal Education


Myra J. Tawfik is a senior fellow at CIGI, where she contributes expertise on strategies for capacity building in intellectual property (IP) literacy, IP strategy and cost-effective IP legal services for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Myra is professor of law and was recently promoted to the rank of distinguished university professor at the University of Windsor. She has founded and led a number of multidisciplinary clinical and experiential legal education programs to support innovation including student-led legal support for IP intensive start-ups and entrepreneurs. 

Myra is a member of the Province of Ontario’s Special Implementation Team on Intellectual Property and previously served on a provincial expert panel on public sector commercialization of IP. She was recognized as Tech Researcher of the Year by the Windsor-based regional innovation centre WEtech Alliance in 2019 and received the University of Windsor Award for Outstanding Community Outreach, Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Mobilization in 2018. In 2016, she was appointed EPICentre Professor in Intellectual Property Commercialization and Strategy at the University of Windsor to continue her research and educational outreach initiatives for capacity building in IP literacy. Together with CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa, she is co-author of The Intellectual Property Guide: IP Literacy and Strategy Basics for Supporting Innovation (Brush Education, 2019) and co-creator of a CIGI massive open online course on IP strategy. 

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How to Keep IP Canadian: Learn from the Success of Public-Private Partnerships During the Pandemic Emerging Technology, Intellectual Property Opinion
Collaborative IP Strategies for Publicly Funded R&D Needed Now and for the Future Intellectual Property, Patents Opinion
The Post-pandemic IP Legal Order: Collaborative, Balanced and Inclusive Intellectual Property Opinion
Understanding IP and Data: Key Skills for Leaders in the Intangible Economy Future of Work, Innovation, Innovation Economy Opinion
In an Arms Race of Innovation, Intellectual Property Is Critical Innovation Economy, Intellectual Property Opinion
University of Waterloo case highlights holes in Canada’s university innovation ecosystem Innovation Opinion
Why It's so Important for Canadians to Be Able to Leverage Their Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Opinion
New Thinking on Innovation Innovation Economy, Intellectual Property Essay Series
Universities Are Failing to Equip Entrepreneurs for Patent Battles Innovation Opinion
Addressing a Gap in Canada's Global Innovation Strategy Innovation Economy, Intellectual Property Special Reports
Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Intellectual Property Event
Canada and the TPP: A Digital Policy Failure Trade Video
The Conference Board of Canada's Council for Innovation and Commercialization Executive Session Event
What Is Canada’s International Copyright Policy? Intellectual Property CIGI Commentaries