Our experts’ research on intellectual property (IP) law and innovation compares best practice models adopted in different jurisdictions to see how innovation is fostered, legally protected, commercialized and sustained in a global competition.

The International Law Research Program (ILRP) has identified the following areas of research focus on IP:

  • management of IP rights in the global marketplace including IP strategy and commercialization; 
  • new IP standards in preferential trade agreements, such as the Canada US Mexico Free Trade Agreement (CUSMA), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Canada – China, India and MERCOSUR potential free trade agreement;  
  • international and domestic legal frameworks for disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and internet governance;
  • international law and governance of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions;
  • open and collaborative mechanisms for innovation; and 
  • legal frameworks and policies that encourage clean technology innovation and its transfer.  

Research Activities