Dr. Victor Cui, Conrad Research Excellence Chair and Associate Professor at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, has been ranked #1 in Canada’s SSHRC Insight Grant competition, for his project, “The risk to Canadian intellectual property rights imposed by foreign subsidiaries.” Dr. Nicolas Roulin from St. Mary's University is the co-investigator on this awarded project.
News headlines have been dominated recently by accusations of technology and data questionably transferring into the hands of regimes with weak protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs). However, these headlines are largely based on anecdotes.
Cui’s research will investigate this gap with the aim of providing a fuller picture of the situation and possible impacts on countries like Canada, by studying the technology transfer practices of multinational companies operating in the West.
"Wide-spread concerns over IPR violation lies at the core of the growing geopolitical tension, redefining the globalization order we took for granted. This SSHRC grant will enable us to gauge and control the risk of IPR violation, key to protecting Canada’s core competence and the future of globalization. We are grateful to the adjudication committee for the decision, and for the constructive feedback, which helps us further calibrate our study."
The SSHRC Insight Grant supports research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available for both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years.