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Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse

Associate Professor
Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 519
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-8947 [Office]
pierre-emmanuel [dot] moyse [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)


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Website Centre for Intellectual Property Policy
Focus online - L'intellectuel et la propriété: profil de recherche de Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse (interview, Mars 2011)
Talking Teaching Profile - Owning scholarship
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Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse is a professor at the Faculty of Law at McGill University and the director of the Center for Intellectual Property Policy. He teaches intellectual property, commercial law, and property law. He is also responsible for the joint MBA-Law program in partnership with the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Professor Moyse wrote his doctoral these on the law of distribution in intellectual property at University of Montréal. Prior to joining McGill in 2007, he taught at both University of Montréal and HEC Montréal.

As a practicing lawyer he spent years working at ROBIC, a firm specialized in Intellectual Property. He successfully pleaded in the case of Euro-Excellence v. Kraft Canada in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007, one of the most important recent decisions in Intellectual Property.

Professor Moyse currently directs research and conferences on the theme of “Competition Law and Innovation”, an initiative which he launched in 2007. He is supported by the European Union Center of Excellence and the Regroupement droit, changements et gouvernance, a joint venture between the FQRSC, McGill and the Universities of Montréal and Laval. He has just completed three years of research on abuse of rights and its application to intellectual property law thanks to a grant from the government of Québec (FQRSC).

Profilic author, he is the director of publication of the Innovation and Competition series published by Éditions Thémis. These works will begin to appear in fall of 2012. The first volume reunites texts around the theme “What Performance? From Economic Performance To Corporate Citizenship: The Changing Nature of Corporations and Its Impact on The Role of Directors in Europe and North America”.

Professor Moyse was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in May 2013.


  • P.-E. MOYSE, Dir., Jurisclasseur Propriété intellectuelle, Montréal, LexisNexis, 2013.
  • P.-E. MOYSE, dir., What Performance – Quelle performance ?, Montréal, Les Édition Thémis, 2013.
  • P.-E. MOYSE, Le droit de distribution – Analyse historique et comparative en droit d’auteur, Montréal, Yvon Blais, (2007) (doctoral thesis, 700 pages).

Recent Articles

  • P.-E. Moyse, « “La Confusion des Genres”: Logos and Packaging as Copyrighted Works », (2013) in I. Calboli, (dir.), Trademark Protection and Territoriality Challenges in the Global Economy, Edgar Edgar (forthcoming)
  • P.-E. Moyse, « Responsabilité sociale et personne morale : Fictions ou oxymorons du droit ? », (2013) Lamy droit des affaires (forthcoming)
  • P.-E. Moyse, « Le droit moral au Canada : facteur d’idées », (2013) 25 Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle 141.
  • P.-E. MOYSE, « L’anténorme : essai sur une théorie de l’abus en propriété intellectuelle », Partie I, (2012) 57 McGill Law Journal 861.
  • P.-E. MOYSE, « L’anténorme : essai sur une théorie de l’abus en propriété intellectuelle », Partie II, (2012) 58 McGill Law Journal 3.
  • P.-E. MOYSE, « Pouvoir et gouvernance : une théorie du devoir social en matière corporative », in P.-E. Moyse, dir., « What Performance », Les Éditions Thémis, 2013.
  • P.-E. MOYSE, et F. LORD, « La propriété intellectuelle : sa fonction et sa justification », Fascicule 1 du Jurisclasseur en propriété intellectuelle, dans Propriété Intellectuelle, Montréal, LexisNexis, 2013
  • P.-E. MOYSE, “Le droit moral”, Fascicule 7, Jurisclasseur en propriété intellectuelle, dans Propriété Intellectuelle, Montréal, LexisNexis, 2013.

Recent and Pending Conferences

  • « Les décisions rendues en droit d’auteur par la Cour suprêmes en 2012 », Colloque annuel des Cours fédérales, Cour fédérale, Montréal, 7 mai 2013.
  • « L’idée de responsabilité sociale», Les instruments juridiques de la responsabilité sociale et environnementale des entreprises, CREDIMI, Université de Bourgogne, 29 mars 2013.
  • « The Supreme Court Pentalogy», Think Ahead, McGill Faculty of law, February 19, 2013.
  • « How IP Policy shapes corporate behavior and economic growth», FICPI, Mont-Tremblant, February 8th, 2013.

Ongoing Research Projects

Who is Shalev Ginossar? Ginossar is en emblematic figure of civil law.  Trained in Europe he was Dean of the University of Jerusalem. Yet, very little has been written about him and his work. Why? Our research will hopefully allow us to unravel the mystery.

InterLIG is a research partnership project between minds in Montreal and Vancouver to create and promote solutions that favor innovation beyond the traditional avenue of intellectual property law. It draws on the interface between geography and the law. For example, zoning laws could be used to concentration creative talent and activities within regions. This would contribute to the emergence of ideas and would accelerate the growth of these sectors.

Mobility of Knowledge -  Own the Job or Own the Product, innovates by exploring knowledge dissemination and the rewards of creativity through the regulation, and the organization, of workers, thus rejecting the strict confines of traditional scholarship that focuses only on rules associated with allocating ownership rights through property law protections. Our objective is to show that when the work-for-hire mechanism is in play, the use of non-compete clauses is harmful to the social goals animating this legal framework. More specifically, in creative and collaborative environments, when a company can capitalize on intellectual property, the use of non-compete clauses may prove not only to be unnecessary from an innovation policy standpoint but also detrimental. This has important policy implications because it means dismantling an existing status quo in which many feel emotionally and economically invested, and embracing a radically alternative course. Own the Job or Own the Product therefore seeks to offer a wholly new theory on innovation and knowledge, to usher in a new perspective on creative outputs by employees in creative industries, and to fundamentally change the landscape for a legal and institutional approach to creative productivity as a social endeavour. We aim to reveal the intricacy of two consubstantial narratives that have yet to be told simultaneously: owning the job, and/or owning the product.

A New Incorporeal Property Regime: This project looks at the possibility of designing a special regime of property for incorporeal objects, being files or virtual objects. The Civil code of Québec already contains the classification of incorporeal property: debts or dismembered rights are property within its purview. Would it be possible to imagine a specific regime for intangible property which are transferred by Internet or created in various virtual market places or video games? Recent case law has revealed the ambiguous nature of files or virtual objects. They might be susceptible of protection according to the intellectual property laws but present a materiality that has not escaped the Court. In several recent cases, the transfer of electronic copies containing works has be characterized as been a sale and not a license.