Karima Bawa
Karima Bawa

Previously chief legal officer and general counsel at BlackBerry, Karima Bawa has joined The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ontario, as senior fellow. She is the first person to hold this position with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

At CIGI, Bawa is leading a project on optimizing intellectual property developed in Canadian universities. Her work includes examining current IP regimes and recommendations on what long-term policies and supporting structures should be adopted to optimize Canadian university-driven IP. The ultimate goal is to support Canada’s competitiveness in innovation.

“Karima has extensive experience working at the forefront of intellectual property development and protection in Canada. Her expertise in this field is expected to be invaluable in the development of research and policy recommendations at CIGI,” David Dewitt, vice president of programs at CIGI, said in a statement.

While at BlackBerry, Bawa was responsible for overseeing critical and multi-jurisdictional IP litigation. Bawa also engaged with various government entities during her tenure at BlackBerry, and thereafter, to improve the patent system, particularly as it relates to patent reform.