Jeremy de Beer

Shaping ideas about technology innovation, intellectual property, and global trade & development.

I am a Full Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, as well as a practicing lawyer and expert consultant. My work helps solve practical challenges related to innovation in the digital economy, life science industries, clean tech sector, and related fields.

More details about me are here in my biography and in my CV.

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Technology Innovation

Massive social and economic changes happen when new technologies disrupt old ideas. How do innovative businesses bring about and react to revolutionary or even incremental technological progress? What legal and policy implications flow from emerging management strategies, especially in open and collaborative innovation systems? My work at the intersection of technology, law, and business addresses these fundamental challenges.

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Innovation Appropriation: A Role for IP in the Informal Sector?

Is there a role for intellectual property rights to play in the informal economy? What formal and informal strategies do informal sector actors use to appropriate benefits from their innovation? I’ve been exploring these questions through my co-leadership of the...
Technology Innovation
Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Control over, and access to, knowledge determines how the benefits of scientific, technological, and other advancements are realized and distributed throughout our information society. How exactly does protection of intellectual property rights shape the global knowledge economy? Better understanding and then influencing the law of patents, copyrights, trademarks, secrets, and many related legal rules are among my top research priorities.

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Trade & Development

Innovation systems and legal frameworks operate on an international scale. I am an expert on the effects of global trade governance on intellectual property laws, policies, and real-world practices. Particularly passionate about Africa, I am working to ensure that international institutions and agendas are designed to promote economic growth as well as human development for more just and inclusive societies.

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Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future

Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future grapples with the complex and dynamic forces that will shape innovation systems over the next two decades. The report distills three different but equally plausible future scenarios: one a world of “wireless...
Trade & Development

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