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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.  
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Experts

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Bassem Awad

Senior Fellow

Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.

Margo A. Bagley

Margo A. Bagley 

CIGI Senior Fellow

Margo A. Bagley is a CIGI senior fellow, where she serves as a member of the traditional knowledge expert working group. At CIGI, she will be researching the intersection of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s draft Design Law Treaty with disclosure of origin requirements for traditional knowledge, genetic resources and traditional cultural expressions and the promise and peril of defensive protection for traditional knowledge. Margo also leads a number of case studies analyzing the instituted governance regime for traditional knowledge and genetic resources in Colombia and Ecuador.

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Karima Bawa

CIGI Senior Fellow

CIGI Senior Fellow Karima Bawa is currently leading a project on optimizing university-developed intellectual property in Canada. Prior to her role at CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

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Jorge Contreras

CIGI Senior Fellow

Jorge Contreras is a CIGI senior fellow. He is a leading scholar on intellectual property (IP) law, scientific research policy and technology standards development. His research at CIGI focuses on private ordering solutions to IP issues concerning environmental and other green technologies.

Jeremy de Beer

Jeremy de Beer

CIGI Senior Fellow

Jeremy de Beer is a CIGI senior fellow and a full professor of law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he creates and shapes ideas about technology innovation and intellectual property, as well as global trade and development.

Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino

Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino

CIGI Senior Fellow

Giuseppina D’Agostino is a CIGI senior fellow, effective November 2016. She is an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and is the founder and director of IP Osgoode, the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Program at Osgoode. 

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director, International Law

As director of international law at CIGI, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

Michael Geist

Michael Geist

Senior Fellow

Michael Geist is a CIGI senior fellow as well as a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.

Richard Gold

E. Richard Gold

CIGI Senior Fellow

E. Richard Gold is a CIGI senior fellow, effective October 2016. He is also a James McGill Professor with McGill University’s Faculty of Law. 

Events

Nov 19

Innovation in Context

Conference
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 4:51 PM
407 rue Saint Pierre Espace A
Montreal