David Vaver, MA (BA, LLB(Hons), Auckland; JD Chicago), is an Emeritus Fellow of St Peter's College and former Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre. He was a member of the UK Intellectual Property Advisory Committee, and chaired the University's IP Advisory Group until he retired at the end of 2007. Before coming to Oxford, he taught for some 20 years in Canada (UBC (1971, 1978-85) and Osgoode Hall Law School (1985-98) and before that at the University of Auckland (1972-8). Professor Vaver has written extensively in intellectual property law, including two texts - Intellectual Property Law: Copyright, Patents, Trademarks (Toronto: Irwin Law 1997) and Copyright Law (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2000). His most recent work is a 5-volume compilation of leading IP articles, Intellectual Property Rights: Critical Concepts in Law (Routledge, 2006). Professor Vaver's inaugural lecture Intellectual Property: The State of the Art appears at (2000) 116 LQR 621. Professor Vaver's post was established and generously funded until 2004 by the Reuters Foundation, the educational and charitable trust established by the leading international media and financial information group, Reuters.