OIPRC becomes an official centre of the Law Faculty
The OIPRC was established in 1990 at St Peterís College by Faculty member Peter Hayward, with an £85,000 gift from the Hitachi Foundation. In its first six years it was essentially a library, and then in 1995/6 it developed a visitorsí programme and multidisciplinary (law and economics) research agenda.
In 1998 Peter Hayward retired, and Professor Vaver was appointed to a Professorial Fellowship at St Peterís and made Director of the Centre. The Centreís website, seminar series, and electronic journal were established in the same year, followed in 2002/3 by its Mock Trial and International IP Moot. These events have grown in the years since, with the Moot in particular earning a well-deserved place on the international IP scene.
The Centreís move to the Faculty represents a wonderful opportunity for consolidation and growth, both for the Centre itself and IP at Oxford more generally. The precise nature and direction of that growth will emerge once Professor Vaverís successor, Professor Graeme Dinwoodie of Chicago-Kent College of Law, takes up the Chair in Intellectual Property Law (and Directorship of the Centre) in June 2009.
published Wednesday 1 October 2008