anomie, of recidivism and reform? Not in this book, for the most part, since this is not that sort of a book. The list of highly distinguished authors, which again contains many household names in IP circles, is constructed of intellectual property specialists writing about various criminal dimensions of IP rather than being populated by the writings of criminal law specialists dabbling in the largely (for them) uncharted areas of IP. That is probably this title's strength, since a book which is primarily sociological and psychological in its content would be in danger of rendering itself inaccessible to the readers for whom this work is primarily intended. The time for that book has not yet come for most IP practitioners and policymakers, who are currently more concerned with the scope of IP criminality, the skills needed in order to set about criminal enforcement and the sort of legal, financial and logistical problems they must overcome if they are to do their jobs properly.
Publishers Edward Elgar ("A family business in international publishing": this slogan has not yet been registered as a trade mark ...) have this to say on the book's web page about this collection of essays:
"This wide-ranging Research Handbook is the first to offer a stimulating and systematic review of the framework for criminal enforcement of intellectual property rights. If counterfeiting constitutes an ever-growing international phenomenon with major economic and social repercussions, potentially affecting consumer safety and public health, the question of which are the appropriate instruments to enforce IP rights is a complex and sensitive one. Although criminal penalties can constitute strong and effective means of enforcement, serious doubts exist as to whether criminal sanctions are appropriate in every infringement situation [in this context, witness the disappointingly unfocused debate to which Europe has been treated regarding criminal sanctions for patent infringement, from which one might have concluded that two entirely separate debates were being conducted, one relating to respectable industries and the other relating to bandits and brigands]. Drawing on legal, economic, historical and judicial perspectives, this book provides a differentiated sector-by-sector approach to the question of enforcement, and draws useful conclusions for future legislative initiatives at European, international and national levels.As might be expected from Christophe Geiger's team of all the talents, there are plenty of good chapters to seek one's teeth into. As usual, "it would be invidious to single out any single chapter", but ... An unexpected pleasure was David Lefranc's historical excursus into French IP criminal law, from the Ancien Régime, through the French Revolution and on into the Nineteenth Century. How the French got to the Loi HADOPI, contributed by the editor himself, was also much enjoyed -- and there's a great deal to learn from in the other, well-sourced and readable chapters.
Offering a broad survey of the field, and a sound platform for further research, this legal and cross-disciplinary study by leading scholars will prove insightful for professors, researchers and students in intellectual property, criminal, competition, consumer protection and health law".
Bibliographic details. Hardback, xiv + 416 pp. ISBN 978-1-84980-146-1. Price: £145 (reduced to £130 if you buy it directly from the publisher). Rupture factor: mild. Web page here.
Other books in the series
- Copyright Law: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Paul Torremans)
- Trademark Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Graeme Dinwoodie and Mark D. Janis)
- Patent Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Toshiko Takenaka)
- Research Handbook on the Future of EU Copyright Law (edited by Estelle Derclaye)
- Law and Theory of Trade Secrecy: a Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Rochelle C. Dreyfuss and Katherine J. Strandburg)
- Research Handbook On Intellectual Property Licensing (edited by Jacques de Werra, expected publication date January 2013)