Canada needs an intellectual property (IP) strategy that is focused not on more or less, but on better. It’s not good enough to have an IP policy based on demands from our trading partners. It may be that the policies they are advocating for Canada are the ones we need, but we cannot know that for […]
Daniel Gervais focuses on international intellectual property law, having spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues on behalf of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). 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 received funding for his research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Before entering the academy, he practiced law from 1985-90 with Clark Woods and as a partner with the technology law firm BCF. He then served as a consultant and legal office for the WTO, as head of the Copyright Projects section of the WIPO, and as director of international relations at CCC, the largest reprographic rights organization in the world. In addition, he chaired the sectoral work on culture, communications and information at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and was a consultant with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Professor Gervais is a panelist (domain name) at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre. He has been a visiting professor at numerous international universities, a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012 he will be the first Gide Loyrette Nouel Visiting Chair at Sciences Po Law School in Paris. He is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property.