David Vaver is Acting Director of IP Osgoode for 2016. He is also 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’s main field is intellectual property law and policy. Besides authoring 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 retired in 2016 as 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 a former board member of the Intellectual Property Institute (London) and former member of the UK government’s IP Advisory Committee. His inaugural Oxford address Intellectual Property Law: The State of the Art appears at (2000) 116 LQR 621.
In 2016 Professor Vaver was appointed to the Order of Canada for his “leadership in intellectual property law as a scholar and mentor.”