Joseph F. Turcotte, PhD

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Joseph F. Turcotte holds a PhD from the York & Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture (Politics & Policy). His doctoral research focussed on the political economy and social impacts of intellectual property (IP), innovation, and the knowledge-based economy. He researches and publishes extensively on how IP, knowledge/information and data are developed, managed, and commercialized in the knowledge-based, digital economy.

He is currently the IP Osgoode Innovation Clinic Coordinator at IP Osgoode, Osgoode Hall Law School‘s Intellectual Property & Technology Law Program, where he helps educate entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators about the importance of IP for their business growth. The IP Osgoode Innovation Clinic is an IP legal clinic, which contributes to Canada’s growing innovation economy by providing IP information and assistance to start-ups and inventors while training the next generation of IP lawyers and professionals.  At the Innovation Clinic, Joseph helps guide individual inventors and entrepreneurs as well as start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and scale up companies to improve their IP knowledge and savviness so that they can recognize, protect, and commercialize their IP.

Previously he has held a number of research, policy analysis, teaching, and communications positions at York University (Communication Studies), Osgoode Hall Law School, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Wilfrid Laurier University (Communication Studies), The Communications Policy Working Group, IP Osgoode’s IPilogue, and the Canadian International Council: Waterloo Region Branch. He has received federal, provincial, institutional, and private-sector awards including a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2012-14) and  a Nathanson Graduate Fellowship (2013-14) at the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.

He completed his doctoral studies in 2016 with a dissertation entitled Creative Transformation andthe Knowledge-based Economy: Intellectual Property and Access to KnowledgeUnder Informational Capitalism. He completed his Master of Arts degree in Communications Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (2008) and a combined honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Philosophy at the same school (2007). His MA major research paper was entitled, “Apple’s iPod: The Postmodern Cultural Artifact”.

Note: The opinions expressed on this page as well as my Twitter account are my own and do not reflect those of the organizations that I work for.


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