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Intellectual property education: are Canadian law schools doing enough to support innovation?

November 26th, 2013

Innovation is a major driver of economic growth. It is also central to the competitiveness of the Canadian economy. It is an engine that creates challenging and well paying jobs. The protection of intellectual property is an important element in promoting innovation and in supporting markets in the trade and dissemination of innovative and creative products and services.[1] Intellectual property is now a crucial asset, the ownership of which has become pivotal to corporations.  In some sectors their ultimate value is their IP.[2] Intellectual property lawyers can play an important role in enabling the acquisition, protection, and exploitation of intellectual property rights. Law schools can play an important role in training lawyers to provide these important services.  Are Canadian law schools meeting these innovation challenges?