Social Science Solutions
The innovation environment is complex. “There are many different regulators across the country, federal and provincial, and many different granting agencies, each with different agendas. Then there’s the whole intellectual property regime: patent law, copyright law, privacy laws, trade secret laws. All more or less uncoordinated.” The situation engenders a tendency to “ignore it and just fund the science.”
Dr. Gold’s research with the VALGEN project shows how Canada can best regulate and manage intellectual property. It reveals, for example, that we cannot simply borrow policies from other countries; we require made-in-Canada solutions to create an innovative intellectual property regime. His findings offer invaluable evidence for decision makers within government to positively shape public policy, enhancing Canada’s competitiveness on the world stage.
To expedite commercial success, he says, Canada should capitalize on its strengths; agricultural research is just one example. “We need to set priorities. We can’t be good at everything. We have to think it through. Where do we have a competitive advantage? What incentives will encourage people to invest? What about the public; are we doing enough to explain the science?” Answering these questions is where social scientists take the lead.