The CIPP’s approach to studying intellectual property involves the development of new tools, new vocabularies and new understandings of the meaning and functioning of intellectual property that bring together the collective wisdom of many disciplines.
The CIPP regularly puts forward both individual and team research grant applications with great success. The CIPP has managed one of the largest grants awarded by the SSHRC as well as others from CFI, the FQRSC, CIHR, the National Centres of Excellence and the Foundation for Sustainable Enterprise and Development.
The CIPP focuses its research on three interconnected themes:
Within this theme, researchers at the CIPP examine legislative reform, as well as the role of intellectual property systems in attaining policy goals. This theme also provides a greater understanding of how best to bring concerned citizens, non-governmental organizations and industry associations into decision-making around innovation, creativity and development based on contemporary and historical analyses.
Within this theme, researchers at the CIPP concentrate on the relevance of intellectual property to artistic communities, particularly in music and related to other audio-visual digital media. Projects within this theme examine how intellectual property does and should protect artistic creation and improvisation.
Within this theme, researchers at the CIPP examine how intellectual property systems contribute to innovation and trade in the sciences and technologies. Projects within this theme concentrate on the role of universities and other public institutions in disseminating publicly funded research in Canada and internationally and the creation of new models of technology transfer to meet the needs of developing countries.