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McGill University

Professor Piper explores why artists, scientists, and inventors create and innovate through the lens of intellectual property law, legal history, and results from empirical investigations. She is currently conducting funded research into the role of patent pools in providing access to medicines, policy levers in Canadian patent law, and policies to promote open, collaborative scientific networks. She is co-project lead of Creative Commons Canada. Before joining McGill, she clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. She completed graduate work at the University of Oxford as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar and was a research associate to the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Professor Piper graduated from the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science program as a National Scholar with a specialization in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering. She then graduated as the gold medallist at Dalhousie Law School in 2001.

Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace