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Richard Owens

Department of Law
University of Toronto


Richard Owens is a lawyer specializing in intellectual property and technology. Richard is past chair of the board of directors of the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation, Senior Fellow of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and a member of the advisory committee to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. He is a member of the board of the Center for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and has been a long-serving director of the International Technology Law Association, and has led several of its committees. Richard also teaches or has taught courses on the law of information technology and electronic commerce, innovation law and policy, intellectual property, digital content and the innovative economy, and the law and policy of biotechnology, all at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he also served as the Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy. Richard has written and published widely on the law of intellectual property, information technology, privacy, and the regulation of financial institutions. He has served financial institutions, technology companies, drug companies and others in regulation, technology, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, outsourcing, intellectual property strategy and patent law, licensing and other areas. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada’s leading technology lawyers.

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