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Saturday, 3 May 2008

Another chapter or two

The IPKat is ever aware of the need to adopt a position of modesty and indeed humility when relating his own achievements, but he feels obliged from time to time to draw attention to the activities of his various contributors. This being the case, he is pleased to inform you that team blogger Jeremy has just had chapters published on two vastly different topics in two very different books. These are:


Teaching of Intellectual Property: Principles and Methods, a collection of essays compiled by and on behalf of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The named editors are Yo Takagi, Larry Allman and Mpazi Sinjela, all of whom are involved in WIPO teaching and training programmes. Jeremy's chapter is "Teaching Trademark Law". Sadly, there was quite a long time-lag between the writing stage and the publication (Jeremy was still IP Consultant to Slaughter and May when he wrote his bit, well over a year ago), which leads him to observe that, as a sound commercial principle, if your subject-matter is a moving target -- as is pratically everything to do with intellectual property law -- it's better to have a publisher lined up beforehand and then prepare the book, rather than have the book ripe and ready for its readers and find yourself casting around for a publisher. Anyway, the book has plenty of good advice about how to teach (or not to teach) IP subjects. Fortunately, as every IP student knows, there's no IP in a good idea about how to teach -- unless it has been patented in the United States, that is.

Bibliographic details: publisher Cambridge University Press, February 2008, xxvii + 330pp. Paperback 978 0 521 71646 8. Price £95 (with online discount, £76). Rupture factor: nil. Online details here.


Intellectual Property and International Trade: TRIPs Agreement, edited by Abdulqawi A. Yusuf and Carlos M. Correa, is the second edition of a work that seeks to analyse the provisions of the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights not just in terms of their basic meaning but in terms of their economic, political and commercial context. Jeremy's chapter ,"Protecting Values in Industrial Designs", covers the TRIPs provisions dealing with design rights -- in practice one of the least significant areas of TRIPs/IP law on account of the paucity and lack of specificity of the relevant TRIPs Articles.

Bibliographic details: published April 2008. ISBNs 9041124292 and 19789041124296v. Hardcover, 496 pp. £150. Rupture factor: moderate. Details from publisher's website here.

1 comment:

Ruth Soetendorp said...

The WIPO book is also useful if you find yourself facing the challenge of how to get the subject of IP in general across to learners who are expert in disciplines far removed from law.

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