James McGill Professor
Associate member, McGill Department of Human Genetics
New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Canada H3A 1W9
richard [dot] gold2 [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
Website: Centre for Intellectual Property Policy
Website: The Innovation Partnership
Download: List of publications [.pdf] (Rev. August 2012)
Download: Gold et al US Supreme Court amicus brief [.pdf] (January 2013)
Follow Prof. Gold on Twitter: @IP_policy
Research and Teaching
Richard Gold is a James MGill Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law where he was the founding Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy. He teaches in the area of intellectual property and innovation. His research centers on the nexus between innovation, development and commerce, particularly with respect to biotechnology.
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 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 Biotechnology, The Lancet, PLoS Medicine, la Revue de droit de McGill, Public Affairs Quarterly and the European Journal for International Relations.
Translating Research into Policy
Professor Gold leads a cutting-edge initiative to translate academic research in concrete policy for government, industry, universities and NGOs: The Innovation Partnership (TIP). TIP is unique in the world: it is a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping public and private actors in developing as well as developed countries better manage their innovation systems. TIP demonstrates the power of university research to fuel real policy change. For example, Richard Gold provides ongoing advice to UNITAID, an international governmental organisation dedicated to making medicines accessible to the world's poor, on how to construct a patent pool for drugs to fight HIV/AIDS.
Prior to creating TIP, Professor Gold actively helped the policy community understand the implications of intellectual property policy. For example, he was Senior Advisor, Intellectual Property, to the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Legal Policy Consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on biotechnology intellectual property issues. He has prepared studies for the World Health Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization. A former law clerk to Mr. Justice Peter Cory of the Supreme Court of Canada, Professor Gold is a Research Associate at the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.
Professor Gold was awarded a James McGill Professorship in July 2011.
S.J.D. Michigan, 1995
LL.M. Michigan, 1992
LL.B. (Hons) Toronto, 1988
B.Sc. McGill (Computer Science & Mathematics), 1984
Full Professor, McGill University's Faculty of Law since 2010
Associate Professor, McGill University's Faculty of Law, 2001-2010
President, The Innovation Partnership, since 2008
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, 1990-91
Associate, Torys, 1990
Clerk, Ontario Court of Appeal, 1988-1989
Areas of Interest
Intellectual property, biotechnology, information technology, property, commercial practices, international trade law.