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) strategies for capacity building in IP literacy, IP strategy and cost-effective IP legal services for start-ups and entrepreneurs. She is the co-creator, with CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa, of the CIGI Massive Open Online Course, “Foundations of IP Strategy”; they also co-wrote The Intellectual Property Guide: IP Literacy and Strategy Basics for Supporting Innovation (2019).  Myra is professor of law, academic director and founder of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Windsor. She was co-director of the Centre for Enterprise and Law at the University of Windsor, which provided student-led business consulting and legal support to local start-ups and entrepreneurs from 2010 to 2013. In 2016, she was appointed EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization and Strategy at the University of Windsor to continue her research and educational outreach initiatives for capacity building in IP literacy. In 2018, she was recognized with a University of Windsor Award for Outstanding Community Outreach, Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Mobilization. Myra is a former associate dean and has served twice as acting dean of the Faculty of Law (2011, 2017). She is also completing a monograph on the nineteenth-century origins of Canadian copyright law.