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Intellectual Property Law Handbook


Intellectual property

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6 June 2013

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
384 pages

Intellectual Property Law Handbook
2nd edition

Editors: Lorna Brazell, Osborne Clarke


The new edition of the Intellectual Property Law Handbook provides an authoritative overview of intellectual property issues facing commercial lawyers. It sets out the principles behind the various IP rights, showing clearly how to apply the law in practice.

The book explores the main types of IP right encountered in commercial practice including:

  • Copyright
  • Trade marks
  • Patents
  • Design rights
  • Confidential information.

New coverage includes:

  • Patent tax regime - the “Patent Box” which will be effective from April 2013
  • Unified Patents system – a synopsis of the new, recently EU agreed system
  • Trade marks - several major decisions from the CJEU on the use of trade marks on the internet, key for any company operating a website
  • Designs - first decisions from the CJEU on the interpretation of the “new” (2001) designs law and how it works in practice
  • Competition - consultation on revisions to the Technology Transfer Block Exemption, and the enquiry into anti-competitive use of patent rights in the pharmaceutical sector
  • Copyright - CJEU decisions on how much copying constitutes infringement, and copyright in computer software
  • An indication of the proposed 2014 copyright reforms
  • Copyright in 3D objects – the UK Supreme Court Stormtroopers decision
  • ISPs' liability and the blocking of pirate websites
  • CJEU decisions on broadcasting - when does a re-transmission infringe?
  • Databases - clarification on how much copying constitutes infringement and when copyright may subsist in a database
  • Commercial confidential information - how to assess damages.

Further chapters deal with licensing and assignment in the context of transactions, competition and taxation aspects of IP, and digital media and the internet.

Each chapter includes an overview and sets out the relevant law showing how it applies to the most common commercial transactions. The handbook also includes flowcharts to explain complex procedures.


1. Overview: what is IP about anyway?
2. Copyright
3. Trade marks
4. Patents
5. Design rights
6. Confidential information
7. IP in commercial and corporate transactions
8. IP and competition law
9. IP and taxation
10. Digital media and the internet.

About the Editors

Lorna Brazell is a partner at Osborne Clarke specialising in patent and copyright issues. She is the author of Electronic Signatures: Law and Regulation (Sweet and Maxwell, 2nd edition, 2008) and Nanotechnology Law: Best Practices (Kluwer, 2012).