Myra J. Tawfik


Don Rodzik Family Chair in Law and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished University Professor

B.A Hons. (McGill), LL.B (McGill), B.C.L (McGill), LL.M (Queen Mary College, London-Intellectual Property Law), of Osgoode Hall, Barrister-at-law, also of the Bar of Quebec (1986-2000)

Professor Tawfik is an expert in intellectual property law. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of copyright law, trademark law, international IP law, IP strategy and IP legal history.

In 2014, she was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to lead research on capacity-building in IP legal knowledge mobilization. Her CIGI special report: "Addressing a Gap in Canada's Global Innovation Strategy: Capacity-Building in IP Literacy, IP Strategy and Access to Affordable IP Legal Services" was released in September 2016.  Professor Tawfik has founded and led a number of multidisciplinary clinics, knowledge mobilization and community outreach projects designed to provide Canadian start-ups and innovators with IP literacy skills and access to affordable IP legal services. She is a recipient of a University of Windsor Award for Outstanding Community Outreach, Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Mobilitzation (2018).

Among her current research projects, she is completing a monograph on pre-Confederation copyright law in Canada.

Recent Publications:

“Copyright History as Book History: The Law in Multidisciplinary Context” – in Paul Torremans, (ed.), Research Handbook on Copyright Law, 2nd edition (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017).

“Universities are Failing to Equip Entrepreneurs for Patent Battles: Designing an IP 2.0 Curriculum”, CIGI New Thinking on Innovation Series (CIGI, 2017)

“Copyright and Freedom of Expression in Canada" chapter in Torremans, P., ed., Intellectual Property Law and Human Rights 3rd ed., (The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2015).

"International Copyright Law, Access to Knowledge and Social Justice", chapter 12 in Ilcan S., ed., Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013).

“The Supreme Court of Canada and the “Fair Dealing Trilogy”: Elaborating a Doctrine of User Rights under Canadian Copyright Law” (2013) 51 Alta LR 191.

 “Taking an Active Approach in Entrepreneurial Mentoring Programs Geared Toward Immigrants”, Journal of Entrepreneurship, 21 (2), 201 (2012) (with Francine Schlosser).

 “Overcoming Obstacles to the Effective Commercialization of Student Innovation on University Campuses” Report to SSHRC - Knowledge-Synthesis Grant on Higher Education R&D (2012) (with Francine Schlosser and Wissam Aoun).

 “The Future of International Intellectual Property Law: Remembering the Past” -(2012) 89 UDM Law Review 373.

Recent Op-Eds and Commentaries:

Five critical components of a balanced, modern Canadian copyright system” (with Pascale Chapdelaine), The Globe and Mail, December 5, 2018. 
“Make the Innovation Chain as Literate in IP as ABCs”, Financial Post, November 15, 2018.
“Why it’s so important for Canadians to be able to leverage their intellectual property”, The Globe & Mail, May 1, 2018 

The Globe and Mail, June 17, 2015- To Support Canadian Start-Ups offer Pro Bono Legal Clinics  (with James Hinton).

Commentary: What is Canada's International Copyright Policy?

CIGI Podcast: Inside the Issues 5.20: Intellectual Property Rights- April 29, 2015