Bassem Awad

Bassem Awad

Academic Degrees:

PhD (University of Montpellier), LLM (Sorbonne University), LLB (Alexandria University)

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Dr. Bassem Awad is an Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Area of Concentration in Intellectual Property, Information and Technology at the Faculty of Law. He is also a Head Tutor and Professor at the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. Prior to joining Western, Bassem was the Deputy Director of Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and served for several years as a Judge and Head of Court at the Appeal Courts of Egypt and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Awad has remarkable experience in intellectual property law, technology, and innovation policies. He is a member of the inaugural IDRC’s College of Reviewers on Technology and Innovation - Networked Economies program and was recently nominated as a member of the African Union Taskforce on intellectual property rights.

His primary research interests are in the area of governance of intellectual property rights in the data-driven economy, with a focus on the impact of disruptive technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data) on intellectual property and privacy norms. He also studies the legal frameworks of open and collaborative mechanisms innovation (patent pledges), intellectual property in preferential trade agreements, and the management of intellectual property rights (IP strategy and commercialization).

Dr. Awad earned his Ph.D. and LL.M degrees in Law from the University of Montpellier and the Sorbonne University, in France. He conducted his post-doctoral research studies in the Faculty of Law at Western University. He has taught and worked in both common and civil law systems and conducted research projects for international and regional organizations in Africa, Europe and Canada. He is a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) and the Editorial International Committee of Revue “Cahiers de Propriété Intellectuelle.”

At Western Law, Bassem teaches courses on Intellectual Property Law, International Intellectual Property, and Law and Disruptive Technologies. Over the past 10 years, he has taught and developed several course curricula for Distance Learning (DL) in the field of Intellectual Property Law.

Research Highlights

Bassem Awad and Marsha Cadogan, “The future of Geographical Indications Protection under the CETA”, (2017) CIGI Papers Series.

“Patent Pledges in Green Technology” in Jorge Contreras et al. (eds.), Patent pledges Global Perspectives on Patent Law’s Private Ordering Frontier (Edward Elgar Publication, 2017) at 82-101.

NAFTA 2.0 and Intellectual Property Rights: Insights on Developing Canada’s Knowledge Economy in Bassem Awad (eds), (2017) CIGI Publications.

Bassem Awad, “Global Patent Pledges: A collaborative Mechanism for Climate Change Technology”, (2015) CIGI Papers Series 81.

Bassem Awad, “Copyright flexibilities in the Arab world”, (2012) WIPO-WTO Publications at 41-55.

“Strategy for green energy technologies innovation” in Jeremy de Beer, Chris Armstrong, Chidi Oguamanam & Tobias Schonwetter (eds.), Innovation and intellectual property: collaborative dynamics in Africa (University of Cape Town press, 2013) at 273-288.

Bassem is seeking graduate students in the following areas: Law and Technology (e.g. artificial intelligence, data governance), comparative and international intellectual property.