New CIPO Head and New Associate Dean of Research Join IP Osgoode

New CIPO Head and New Associate Dean of Research Join IP Osgoode

Giuseppina D’Agostino is the Founder and Director of IP Osgoode, an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Founder and Director of the new IP Intensive.

IP Osgoode is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to our Advisory Board: Mr. Sylvain Laporte, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-Marks and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), and Professor Poonam Puri, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School.

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Laporte, the head of CIPO, the agency of Industry Canada responsible for granting and registering IP rights in Canada. Mr. Laporte holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, and a Master’s degree in computer engineering from Royal Military College in Kingston. He started his career as a member of the Canadian Forces in the field of aerospace engineering. He then held positions at Canada Post Corporation in business development, marketing, logistics and information technology. He joined Industry Canada in March 2007 as the Chief Informatics Officer (CIO) and soon after he was appointed as Executive Director, Industrial Technologies Office (ITO) in October 2008. We are grateful to have Mr. Laporte’s wisdom and guidance as a member of our Advisory Board.

We also welcome Professor Poonam Puri to our Advisory Board.  She is a respected scholar and commentator on issues of corporate law, securities law, corporate governance, and corporate and white-collar crime.  Governments and regulators in Canada and internationally, including Industry Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), the Canadian Senate, the Wise Persons Committee on Securities Regulation and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, have sought her expertise.  In 2008, she was appointed as one of two research directors of the Canadian Ministry of Finance’s Expert Panel on Securities Regulation, which is seeking input on the best way to develop and implement a model Common Securities Act for Canada.  As Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, we appreciate her support of IP Osgoode and her guidance, in particular, in regards to research and funding matters in the academy.

IP Osgoode’s Advisory Board is a guiding force in our mission to be an independent and authoritative voice which explores legal governance issues at the intersection of intellectual property law and technology. We aim to provide balanced and objective research, and offer new and unexplored viewpoints to public policy discussions that are inclusive of the opinions and interests of a broad range of IP stakeholders.  In the context of a globalizing legal pluralist landscape, IP Osgoode cultivates interdisciplinary, comparative and transnational research, collaboration, policy-thinking and practice.