Teresa Scassa
Teresa Scassa
Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and Full Professor

57 Louis Pasteur St. Room 387
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3872
Office: 613-562-5124


Dr. Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Canadian Trademark Law (2d edition, LexisNexis 2015), and Electronic Commerce and Internet Law in Canada, (CCH Canadian Ltd. 2012) (winner of the 2013 Walter Owen Book Prize). She is a past member of the External Advisory Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and of the Canadian Government Advisory Committee on Open Government. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy. 

For more information, please visit her blog  at http://www.teresascassa.ca



  • Teresa Scassa and Michael Deturbide, Electronic Commerce and Internet Law in Canada, CCH Canadian Ltd., 2004.

Book Chapters/Articles:

  • “Faster, Higher, Stronger:  The Protection of Olympic and Paralympic Marks Leading up toVancouver 2010” (in press) – edited reprint, forthcoming in Vassil Griginov, ed., The Olympics: A Critical Reader, Routledge, 2009.
  •  “Extension of Intellectual Property Rights”, Chapter 1, in M. Boyer, M. Trebilcock & D. Vaver, eds.,Competition Policy and Intellectual Property, Toronto: Irwin Law, 2009.
  •  Teresa Scassa & Lisa Campbell, “Data Protection, Privacy and Spatial Data”, in R. Devillers & H. Goodchild, eds. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Spatial Data Quality, Taylor & Francis, 2009.
  •  “The challenge of trademark law in Canada’s federal and bijural system”, in Ysolde Gendreau, ed.,An Emerging Intellectual Property Paradigm:  Perspectives from Canada, Queen Mary Studies in Intellectual Property Law, Cheltenham, UK:  Edward Elgar, 2008, 3-21.
  •  “Faster, Higher, Stronger:  The Protection of Olympic and Paralympic Marks Leading up toVancouver 2010”, (2008) 41 U.B.C. Law Rev.31-68.
  •  “Routine Border Searches of Laptop Computers” (2008) 5:7 Can. Privacy L. Rev. 72-74.
  •  “Tort of Invasion of Privacy Recognized in Ontario”, (2007) 5 Can. Privacy L.Rev. 4-5.
  • “The Doctrine of Functionality in Trade-mark Law Post-Kirkbi”, (2007) 21 I.P.J. 87-115.
  • Steve Coughlan, Rob Currie, Hugh Kindred, and Teresa Scassa, “Global Reach, Local Grasp: Constructing Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in the Age of Globalization” (2007) 6 Canadian Journal of Law and Technology 29-60 (R)
  • Using Copyright Law to Prevent Parallel Importation: A Comment on Kraft Canada Inc. v. Euro Excellence Inc.”, (2007) 85 Canadian Bar Review 409.
  • “Patent Law at the Supreme Court of Canada:  A Healthy Balance?”, in Jocelyn Downie & Elaine Gibson, eds., Health Law at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Irwin Law Books, 2006, pp. 337-364.
  • Table Scraps or a Full Course Meal? The Public Domain in Canadian Copyright Law”, in Intellectual Property at the Edge:  New Approaches to IP in a Transsystemic World, Proceedings of the Meredith Lectures, Editions Yvon Blais, 2007, pp. 347-376.
  • “Distinguishing Functional Literary Works from Compilations: Issues in Originality and Infringement Analysis”, (2006) 19 Intellectual Property Journal 253-269.
  • “Consumer Privacy and Radio Frequency Identification Technology” by Teresa Scassa, Theodore Chiasson, Michael Deturbide and Anne Uteck, (2005-2006) 37 University of Ottawa Law Review 215-248.
  • Original Facts: Skill, Judgment and the Public Domain”, (2006) 51 McGill L.J. 253-278.
  • “Copyright in Collective Works”, (2005) 84 Canadian Bar Review 347-364.
  • Interests in the Balance”, Book Chapter in Michael Geist, ed., In the Public Interest – The Future of Canadian Copyright Law, Irwin Law, 2005 (pp. 41-65)
  • “Users’ Rights in the Balance:  Recent Developments in Copyright Law at the Supreme Court of Canada”, (2005) 22 Canadian Intellectual Property Review 133-146.
  • Nickled and Dimed: The Dispute over Intellectual Property Rights in the Bluenose II”, (2004) 27 Dalhousie Law Journal 293-320.
  • Recalibrating Copyright Law? A Comment on the Supreme Court of Canada's Decision in CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada”, (2004) 3 Canadian Journal of Law and Technology 89-100.
  • Originality and Utilitarian Works: The Uneasy Relationship between Copyright Law and Unfair Competition”, (2004) 1 Ottawa Technology Law Journal 51-74.
  • “Intellectual Property in the Digital Age”, Book chapter, in Karen Adams & William F. Birdsall, eds., Access to Information in a Digital World, Canadian Library Association, 2004 (pp. 31-62). 
  • “A Mouse is a Mouse is a Mouse: A Comment on the Supreme Court of Canada's Decision on the Harvard Mouse Patent”, (2003) 3 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 105-118.
  • "Intellectual Property on the Cyber-Picketline:  A Comment on British Columbia Automobile Assn v. Office and Professional Employees' International Union, Local 378", (2002) 39 Alberta Law Review 934-962.
  • "Patents for Second Medical Indications:  Issues and Implications for Pharmacare in Canada", (2001) 9 Health Law Journal 23-59.
  • "The Best Things in Law are Free:  Towards Quality Free Public Access to Primary Legal Materials in Canada", (2000) 23 Dalhousie Law Journal 301-336.
  • Book Reviews:
  • Book Review:  Stanley A. Cohen, Privacy, Crime and Terror:  Legal Rights and Security in a Time of Peril (Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2005)  584 pp.  (2007) 6 C.J.L.T 67-71.
  • Book Review:  Math You Can’t Use:  Patents, Copyright, and Software by Ben Klemens.  Washington D.C., Brookings Institution Press, 2006. (2006) 44 Canadian Business Law Journal 147-157.
  • Adam B. Jaffe & Josh Lerner, Innovation and its Discontents:  How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What to do About It (Princeton University Press, 2004) 236 pp. (2005) 42 Canadian Business Law Journal 316-324.