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About David Vaver

David Vaver is Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law in the University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and former Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre. He was previously a faculty member at Osgoode (1985-98), UBC (1978-85), and the University of Auckland (1972-78). He rejoined Osgoode in 2009.

Professor Vaver has spoken and written extensively on national and international intellectual property law and policy. Besides authorting Intellectual Property Law: Copyright, Patents, Trade-marks (2nd ed. 2011), Copyright Law (2000), and (as co-editor) Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Law (2009), all published by Irwin Law, he has edited a five-volume compilation, Intellectual Property Rights: Critical Concepts in Law (Routledge, 2006). He is editor-in-chief of the Intellectual Property Journal, which he founded in 1984.

Professor Vaver is an associate member of the Chambers of Michael Silverleaf QC (11 South Square, Gray’s Inn) and was, until recently, a board member of the Intellectual Property Institute (London), and a member of the UK government’s IP Advisory Committee (2001-05). His inaugural Oxford address Intellectual Property Law: The State of the Art appears at (2000) 116 LQR 621.

In 2012 he gave the Harold G Fox QC memorial lecture on Intellectual Property: Is It Still a ‘Bargain’?. In 2012 he was also awarded the Pattishall medal for Teaching Excellence of Trademark and Trade Identity by INTA (the International Trademark Association).


Present Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

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