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Introduction to intellectual property law

Introduction to intellectual property law

Phillips, Jeremy; Firth, Alison

Intellectual property law in the UK has been subject to drastic reforms as a result of requirements to comply with EC directives. In addition, an increasing body of international guidelines have been issued. This text looks at these matters

Paperback, Book. English.
4th ed.
Published London: Butterworths, c2001
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Statement of responsibility: Jeremy Phillips, Alison Firth
ISBN: 0406997578, 9780406997579
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Previous ed.: 1995.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xliv, 443p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Copyright.; Law.; Intellectual property Great Britain.


  1. PART I; Introduction; 1. What is intellectual property?; 2.
  2. Protectability of intellectual property; PART II; Inventions; 3. Protecting inventions; 4. Inventions and the patents system; 5. The patentability of an invention; 6. Obtaining a patent; 7. The consequences of obtaining a patent; 8. Infringement and revocation; 9. The patent and legal policy; PART III; Copyright; 10. The concept of copyright; 11. Author's works; 12. Derivative works; 13. Infringement; 14. Subsistence, protection and erosion of copyright; PART IV; Pseudo-Copyright; 15. Public lending right; 16. Resale royalty rights; 17. Performers' protection; 18. Moral rights; PART V; Rights
  3. in information and reputation; 19. Fair and unfair competition; 20. Breach of confidence and passing off; 21. Registered trademarks; 22. Character merchandising, franchising and sponsorship; PART VI; Some topics of current interest; 23. Problems with new technology; 24. Protection of industrial designs; 25. The protection of plant varieties; 26. Copyright infringement: authorisation and secondary infringement; 27. Intellectual property rights and the European Community; 28. Intellectual property on the international stage; Index

Author note

Jeremy Phillips BA (Cantab), PhD (Kent), Intellectual Property Consultant, Slaughter and May; Professor, Magister Lventinvs, University of Alicante

Alison Firth MA (Oxon), MSc, Barrister; Senior Lecturer, Intellectual Property Law Unit, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London


Introduction to Intellectual Property Law includes coverage of the extensive amendments to the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. Also covered are the European Patent Convention, the Patent Co-operation Treaty, the Madrid Agreement, the Agreement on Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the Performances and Phonograms Treaty.