Mr. Maher is a registered patent attorney who specializes in intellectual property, communications and entertainment law. He is admitted to the bar in New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals and of ICANN's Whois Task Force 1 and 2.
Mr. Maher also serves as the Director of Better Business Bureau of Chicago. He is a visiting professor at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and is a member of the American Law Institute.. He is also a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.
David Maher was one of the founders of PIR in 2002, and acted as its Founding Chairman until 2004. He is considered instrumental in the early development of PIR. He was then appointed as the Senior Vice President of Law and Policy For 20 years, he worked as a General Counsel at the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Inc. He served on 11-member International Ad Hoc Committee in 1996, this committee provided foundation for the UDRP. In 1997, he became chairman of the Policy Oversight Committee. He has been the VP of Public Policy at ISOC.
Awards and Honors
In 1999, he received the Better Business Bureau's Torch of Integrity Award.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Classics from Harvard College and Law degree from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Maher has written the following books:
- Claiming in the Alternative: Beware the Minefield, published in 2003.
- The UDRP: The Globalization of Trademark Rights, published in 2002.
- The The Ambiguity of Or, Co-authored with Jennifer Hammond and published in 2002.
- Le droit international de l’internet Co-authored with Marc Rotenberg.
- Literary Evidence for Roman Arithmetic with Fractions Co-authored with John Makowski, published in 2001.
- How to Collect Your Email – Anywhere or Almost Anywhere, published in 1997.
- Trademark Law on the Internet – Will It Scale? The Challenge to Develop International Trademark Law, published 1997.
- Trademarks on the Internet: Who’s in Charge?, published in 1996.
- The Shrink-Wrap License: Old Problems in a New Wrapper
- Purity Versus Plugola: A Study of the Federal Communications Commission’s Sponsorship Identifcation Rules, published in 1974.
- David Maher on CircleID
- David Maher letter to Paul Twomey appreciating the Santa Monica Regional Gathering.