2020 LLM Student Position in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and IP Law

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs and Innovators by Addressing Systemic Barriers to their Full Participation in the IP System


Professor Myra Tawfik is looking for an LLM student with research interests in women entrepreneurs and innovators within the IP system, especially in the area of patents. The student will conduct research on the systemic barriers to full participation and inclusion faced by women in the generation and protection of their IP.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a demonstrated interest in the role of IP in an innovation economy, capacity-building in IP literacy, access to IP legal resources and systemic gender inequality. They must meet the criteria for admission to the  Windsor Law LLM program and be offered admission to that program for September 2020.

The ideal candidate will conduct qualitative research as part of their LLM thesis. They will also contribute to the larger research project relating to capacity-building in IP education (both foundational literacy and sophisticated IP strategy) across the innovation ecosystem in Canada.

The ideal student should be able to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. The project will be based in and operate from EPICentre (the entrepreneurship, practice and innovation centre at the University of Windsor), and will involve working with EPICentre staff,
law students and the local start-up community. There will also be engagement with faculty and students from other disciplines on campus including the Faculty of Engineering and the Odette School of Business.

Students will be supervised by Professor Myra Tawfik.