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Intellectual Property Law

Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks

by (author) David Vaver

foreword by Beverley McLachlin

Irwin Law Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 1997
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Intellectual property has become the new wealth of the late-20th century. In this important book, David Vaver provides a lively examination of the three fields of Canadian intellectual property law—copyrights, patents, and trade-marks. No other Canadian text combines analyses of all three of these fields in one volume. Intellectual Property Law is written in non-technical language and answers the following questions: What is protected? Who owns it? What are the owner's rights? What are the user's rights? Current issues and concerns including genetic engineering, the Internet, and the most recent amendments to the Copyright Act are also examined. Finally, there is a chapter on the management and enforcement of intellectual property rights and a concluding chapter that looks at the broader legal and policy implications of intellectual property law.

About the authors

David Vaver, MA (Oxon.), BA, LLB (Auck.), JD (Chicago), was appointed Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, in 2009 and is a board member of IP Osgoode. He is the Emeritus Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law in the University of Oxford, an emeritus fellow of St. Peter’s College, and the former director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre. He has researched and taught intellectual property law for forty years, previously at Osgoode, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Auckland. Professor Vaver founded the Intellectual Property Journal which he currently also edits, and is associated with the Chambers of Michael Silverleaf QC, 11 South Square, Gray’s Inn, London. Professor Vaver has written extensively on national and intellectual property law and policy, and his work is frequently cited by courts and legal writers. He
was the author of the first edition of this work and of Copyright Law (2000), both in Irwin Law’s Essentials of Canadian Law Series, a coeditor (with Marcel Boyer & Michael Trebilcock) of Competition Policy and Intellectual Property (Irwin Law, 2009), and editor of a five-volume collection of writings, Intellectual Property Rights: Critical Concepts in Law (Routledge, 2006). To mark his retirement from the University of Oxford, Professor Vaver was presented in 2010 with a Festschrift edited by Catherine Ng, Lionel Bently, and Giuseppina D’Agostino, The Common Law of Intellectual Property: Essays in Honour of Professor David Vaver (Hart Publishing, 2010).


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Beverley McLachlin was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 2000 to 2017. She is the first woman to hold that position and the longest-serving Chief Justice in Canadian history. Born in rural Pincher Creek, Alberta, McLachlin studied philosophy and law at the University of Alberta before being called to the bar in 1969. After teaching at the University of British Columbia, she was appointed a judge in 1981. Throughout her prestigious career, she has served on many courts, including the County Court of Vancouver, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2019, McLachlin became a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest honour within the Order. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, was an instant national bestseller.

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