"Conception, initial protection, prosecution, expression, validity, transmission, exploitation and infringement;
Laws of patents in other jurisdictions in order to provide guidance as to the laws of those countries in relation to the broad questions of prosecution, validity, competition and infringement;
Detailed coverage of the laws of patents as they relate to computers, pharmaceuticals, Biotechnological inventions and aspects of the laws of competition, criminal and boarder controls and inventive products and inventive processes as patented inventions;
Guidance in relation to the law of patents from a prosecution and procedural aspect as well as auxiliary aspects (such as human rights and dispositions arising by mere operation of law);
Materials in paper which provide the statutory and practical basis for the existence and subsistence of patents in the United Kingdom and in relation to prosecution of patent applications in the European Patent Office".
Patents (edited by Joseph Scott Miller, Associate Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School, US) is a very different book. This is the first volume in the publishers' Critical Concepts in Intellectual Property Law series. The editor is obviously fond of the light bulb as a metaphor for innovation, but the IPKat is prepared to forgive him this lapse into the imagery of the IP cliche for the sake of the well-chosen selection of patent articles old-and-new. If it's a long time since you've read Don Chisum's piece on the patenting of algorithms (1986), or if you've never read it at all, this is what you do: take a day off, drive out to a place of outstanding natural beauty, read the piece over a couple of chilled beers (or whatever is your pleasure) and then just think ...
"Contemporary patent law continues to struggle with the most basic questions of patent system design. There is fierce debate over the power of the Patent Office, the role of the courts, incentives to guide the process and many other fundamental issues. Professor Miller brings together seminal articles which are acknowledged to be the proper foundations for these ongoing debates. This indispensable collection of papers is vital for patent policy makers and serves as an excellent reference source for anyone with an interest in the topic".