The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and the Environment

Speaker : Dr. Matthew Rimmer The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a highly secretive and expansive free trade agreement being negotiated between the US and eleven Pacific Rim countries, including Australia and Canada. This presentation provides a critical evaluation of key chapters of the TPP – including the intellectual property chapter; the investment chapter; the environment chapter, […] Read more


THE CIPP PRESENTS: ” Stepping Off the Shoulders of Giants: Nonlinear Innovation in Intellectual Property Law”

Speaker: Prof. Michal Shur-Ofry (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Contemporary IP theory concentrates on the cumulative and incremental nature of innovation and creation: Authors and inventors as “standing on the shoulders of giants”. This talk highlights an additional type of innovation largely overlooked in IP discourse: innovation that breaks up with convention, disputes existing paradigms, or […] Read more


The CIPP presents: Rosemary Coombe, “Geographical indications in new contexts: In new contexts : The promise, perils and politics of protecting PL

McGill’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy presents Professor Rosemary Coombe of York University ( on “Geographical Indications in New Contexts: The Promise, Perils and Politics of Protecting Place-Based Products”. Abstract: “Geographical indications (GIs) are increasingly promoted as a means to protect the livelihoods of rural farmers and serve local and indigenous development needs. States, international […] Read more