Shaping ideas about innovation, intellectual property, global trade and development.
I am an award-winning professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and a co-founding director of the Open African Innovation Research network, Open AIR. I am also a Faculty Member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cape Town’s IP Unit. As a practicing lawyer and expert consultant, I’ve argued over a dozen cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, advised businesses and law firms both large and small, and consulted for agencies from national governments and the United Nations. Read more in my bio here.
Social and economic change happens when new technologies disrupt old ideas. I study how law and business can bring about progress through open and collaborative innovation.
Control over information shapes the global knowledge economy. My research seeks to understand and influence the law of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and secrets.
Trade & Development
Innovation systems and legal frameworks operate internationally. I am an expert on the effects of global trade governance on IP law, policy, and practice.