About Daniel J Gervais
Dr. Gervais' research focuses on international intellectual property law and legal aspects of artificial intelligence. Before joining the Academy, he spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues on behalf of the World Trade Organization (GATT) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other organizations.
Before joining Vanderbilt Law School in 2008, Professor Gervais was Acting Dean of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa, where he also served as Vice-Dean for Research and Academic Vice-Dean.
He served as Editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property.
He is a member of the Academy of Europe and of the American Law Institute (elected), where he serves as Associate Reporter of the Restatement of the Law, Copyright.
Professor Gervais practiced law in Montreal as an associate with Clark Woods and later as a partner with the technology law firm BCF. He was a consultant and legal officer with the GATT/World Trade Organization, where he was actively involved in the TRIPS Agreement negotiations. In 1992, he joined WIPO and was promoted the following year to Head of the Copyright Projects section, where he prepared WIPO studies and international meetings on the impact of digital technology on copyright and neighboring rights. In 1995, Professor Gervais joined CISAC as Assistant Secretary General, and in 1997 he moved to the United States to become Vice-President , international at CCC, the largest reprographic rights organization in the world. He chaired the sectoral work on culture, communications and information at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Professor Gervais served as a panelist (domain name) at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and as a consultant with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has been a visiting professor or chair at the Universities of Grenoble, Montpellier, Nantes and Strasbourg (CEIPI) in France; at the University of Liège; at the University of Haifa; at the National University of Singapore, and at the University of Puerto Rico, and a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. He has also lectured several times at the Institute of European Studies of Macau.
|Present||Director, Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, Vanderbilt University Law School|
|Present||Faculty Co-Director, Vanderbilt LLM Program, Vanderbilt University|
|Present||Milton R Underwood Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University ‐ Law School|
|Present||Professor II (adjunct), University of Oslo ‐ faculty of law|
|October 2017 - September 2021||Professor (part-time) of Information Law, in particular trade and investment related aspects of the information society, University of Amsterdam ‐ Institute for Information Law IvIR|
|October 2017 - August 2019||President, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TEACHING AND RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY|
|January 2007 - December 2017||Faculty Member, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of World Intellectual Property|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2016 - Present||Associate Reporter, American Law Institute||2017 - 2019||President, ATRIP|
Honors and Awards
- Paris Bar Prize
- Member, American Law Institute
- Member, Academy of Europe (2012-)
- Ontario Research Excellence Award (2005)
- Quebec Bar Prize (1/ approx. 700), 1985
- Best article 2002-2003 (Ch. Seton Award), J. Cop. Soc'y of the USA
- One of best articles of 2010, and 2012, selected by INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW
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Exploring the Interfaces Between Big Data and Intellectual Property Law
Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law (2019)
This article reviews the application of several IP rights (copyright, patent, sui generis database right, data exclusivity and trade secret) ...
Blockchain and smart contracts: the missing link in copyright licensing?
International Journal of Law and Information Technology (2018)
This article offers a normative analysis of key blockchain technology concepts from theperspective of copyright law. Some features of blockchain ...
Socio-Economic Aspects of Geographical Indications
Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications, Word Intellectual Property Organization (2015)
Geographical indications and their close cousins, appellations of origin, have taken center-stage in international intellectual property, in particular since the ...