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Richard Gold

Full Professor
Associate Dean (Graduate Studies)
James McGill Professor
Associate member, McGill Department of Human Genetics

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 408
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-6636 [Office]
richard [dot] gold2 [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)



Website: Centre for Intellectual Property Policy
Read: CV & publications [.pdf] (Rev. June 2014)
Follow Prof. Gold on Twitter: @IP_policy
Focus Law | droit, fall-winter 2015: Create, Regulate, Innov8

Download: CIPP Factum for the AstraZeneca v. Apotex SCC case [.pdf] (October 2016)

Download: Public Health Access Agrement in Respect of Long QT Gene patents between CHEO and Transgenomics Inc. [.pdf]
Related press release: Ground-breaking settlement changes landscape for genetic medicine in Canada (Ottawa, March 9, 2016) [.pdf]
Download: CIPPIC/CIPP Amicus Brief on arbitration between Eli Lilly & Government of Canada [.pdf] (February 12, 2016)
Download: Children’s Hospital sues over gene patent, with help from top McGill University Patent Law expert [.pdf] (November 3, 2014)
Download: Gold et al US Supreme Court amicus brief [.pdf] (January 2013)
Download: CIPP Factum filed with SCC in Plavix appeal (Apotex v. Sanofi-Aventis) (September 2014)

Research and Teaching

A James McGill Professor, Richard Gold was the founding Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy. He teaches in the area of intellectual property, international intellectual property, comparative intellectual property, innovation policy and intellectual property management. His research generally focuses on the life sciences.

Professor Gold has provided advice to Health Canada, Industry Canada, the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (where he was the lead author of the OECD Guidelines on the Licensing of Genetic Inventions and a report on Collaborative Mechanisms in Life Science Intellectual Property), the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and UNITAID.

His research is currently supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Genome Canada, Genome Alberta, Genome Prairie, Genome Quebec, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Grand Challenges Canada. His previous work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Genome Canada, the National Centres for Excellence and the National Institutes of Health. He is a Research Associate at the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta and was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. His research has been published in high-impact journals in science, law, philosophy, international relations, including Nature BiotechnologyThe LancetPLoS Medicine, la Revue de droit de McGillPublic Affairs Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal for International Relations. He has filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court of the United States and with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Professor Gold was named Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) at the Faculty of Law in August 2015.


S.J.D. Michigan, 1995

LL.M. Michigan, 1992

LL.B. (Hons) Toronto, 1988

B.Sc. McGill (Computer Science & Mathematics), 1984


Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), McGill University's Faculty of Law, 2015-

James McGill Professor, McGill University’s Faculty of Law and Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine since 2011

Full Professor, McGill University's Faculty of Law and Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine since 2010

Associate Professor, McGill University's Faculty of Law, 2001-2010

President, The Innovation Partnership, 2008-2013

Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, McGill University, 2003-2008

Research Associate, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta since 2000

Fellow, Einstein Institute for Science, Health & the Courts, 1999-2000

Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, 1997-2001

Associate, Torys, Technology Practice Group, 1993-1997

Clerk to Mr. Justice Peter Cory, Supreme Court of Canada, 1990-1991

Associate, Torys, 1990

Clerk, Ontario Court of Appeal, 1988-1989

Areas of Interest

Intellectual property, biotechnology, property, commercial practices, comparative law, international trade law.