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The IPKat however knows that he has many diligent and discerning souls among his readers, many of whom sincerely wish to improve their skill sets and knowledge bases in anticipation of a possible encounter with an escapee from the INTA's Scholarship Sessions on the Monday. For these good and earnest folk he offers a selection of recent publications that might appeal.
"This well-researched book explores in detail the issue of patenting medical and genetic diagnostic methods in the United States. It examines decisions of the Patent Office Boards of Appeal and the early courts on the question of whether medical treatments were eligible for patent protection under section 101 of the Patents Act. It then traces the legislative history of the Medical Procedures and Affordability Act that provided immunity for physicians from patent infringement suits. After considering the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on patent eligibility, the book then comprehensively sets out how the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court have dealt with the issue, paying close attention to the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bilski and Prometheus".Bibliographic and other details available here Hand-luggage assessment: good.
Trade Dress: evolution, strategy and practice, by Darius C. Gambino and William L. Bartow, seems to be one of those books that has disappeared into an online Bermuda Triangle following the sale by its original publisher, Oxford University Press, to LexisNexis of a large number of US law titles. This is a shame. Despite the book's unforgivably sludgy cover colour -- conceived no doubt in an era when no purchaser ever saw a law book before he bought it, and when no-one worried about what books looked like online -- it's a bright, cheerful, handsomely illustrated and well-written book on a subject that is so well-known that we get it wrong. The authors, both attorneys at the US end of DLA Piper LLP, deserve a plaudit or two for producing a book that can be read profitably on a transatlantic flight without straining one's eyes or one's brain.
Bibliographic and other details don't seem to be available online -- but the book has 310 pages and you can get it on Amazon and eBay. Hand-luggage assessment: excellent.
Constructing European Intellectual Property: Achievements and New Perspectives, edited by Christophe Geiger, is (like Eddy Ventose's book above), another imaginative venture from Edward Elgar. Published in conjunction with the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN), it is a busy celebration of European academic writing on a broad spread of intellectual property topics, penned by contributors whose skills extend from the strict letter of the law to the warmly multidisciplinary. According to the publishers:
"Constructing European Intellectual Property offers a comprehensive assessment of the current state of intellectual property legislation in Europe and gives direction on how an improved system might be achieved [This direction does not include the words "Just trust the men in grey suits at the European Commission -- they know what they're talking about": Merpel].This blogger disagrees with so eminent a figure as Christophe Geiger with the greatest of reluctance on matters of legal substance, but feels confident enough to debate with him on matters of mere metaphor. "Europe today stands at a crossroads", says Christophe. No, says the IPKat. Europe has stepped off the kerb and has wandered into the middle of the road, where the traffic is whizzing past it in all directions, in pursuit of a variety of goals which are sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory. Worse than that, Europe doesn't know the direction it must take in order to reach its destination -- and right now it can't move forwards or retreat to the place it formerly occupied. Our first task, as academics, citizens, good Europeans and supporters of all things good and proper is to get Europe back to where it was originally standing. Only then can we examine the crossroads and work out, in light of Europe's priorities and objectives, how best they may be crossed.
This detailed study presents various perspectives on what further actions are necessary to provide the circumstances and tools for the construction of a truly balanced European intellectual property system. The book takes as its starting point that the ultimate aim of such a system should be to ensure sustainable and innovation-based economic growth while enhancing free circulation of ideas and cultural expressions. Being the first in the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) series, this book lays down some concrete foundations for a deeper understanding of European intellectual property law and its complex interplay with other fields of jurisprudence as well as its impact on a broad array of spheres of social interaction. In so doing, it provides a well needed platform for further research".
Bibliographic and other details available here Hand-luggage assessment: enough room for this and Patently in Love by Rhoda Baxter ...
"Intellectual Property and Property Rights is an invaluable reference work in light of the increasingly important policy debates over patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. This insightful single volume consists of influential articles by leading scholars addressing the interconnections between intellectual property rights and property rights. Topics include the justification for intellectual property as property, the historical development of intellectual property rights as property rights and whether intellectual property can be conceptually framed as a property right. With a new and original introduction by the editor, this is a must-have volume that will be of use to lawyers, judges, legal scholars, policy analysts, researchers and all those who need a one-stop resource for understanding the nature of intellectual property and property rights".
Bibliographic and other details available here Hand-luggage assessment: it's a whopper. You won't have room for much else to read other than the piece of folded paper tucked into your favourite painkiller that tells you what might go wrong if you take it.
European Intellectual Property Law: Text, Cases & Materials, compiled by European IP scholars Annette Kur and Thomas Dreier, is -- yes -- another exciting new Edward Elgar publication. Here we have two big-name personalities taking the time and trouble to address a different audience for a change: not their peers, European decision-makers or representative organisations, but two kinds of reader: (i) those who may never have encountered European IP at all and who need to know something about its structure, its legal dynamic and the way EU principles impart their DNA into national statute and case law, and (ii) those who are so familiar with the law that they may never have stopped to think about it. The first group are enriched with a text which is good as it stands and even more fun if you've heard Annette or Thomas lecturing and can therefore hear them in your mind while you read it. The second group are treated to series of questions, each introduced by a 'black box' logo bearing a question mark.
According to the publishers:
"The first of its kind, this textbook has been carefully designed to give students and non-specialist practitioners a clear understanding of the fundamentals of European intellectual property law.Bibliographic and other details available here Hand-luggage assessment: not too bad. The paperback version is handy: it can be bent to fill the space intended for it.
Providing a comprehensive overview of both Community IP rights and areas of IP law that have been harmonised, and supported by judicious use of extracts from the most significant source material, the book assists the reader in navigating through the increasingly complex European IP system.
European Intellectual Property Law deals with European patent, trade mark and copyright law copyright, as well as with adjacent areas such as protection of plant varieties, geographical indications, industrial design, competition law, enforcement, and private international law, with a focus on the most relevant case law to be found in those areas".
"In a world of global trade, the “fairness” of commercial transactions gains in importance. While most countries agree that in the interest of all market participants competition shall not only be free but also honest, significant differences as to the approach to ensure this fairness prevail. This not only affects interstate trade, but also impairs the interests of competitors and consumers who increasingly deal or buy abroad.
The book discusses the “Acquis” in unfair competition law on an International and Regional level, as well as the national approach of more than 20 countries to the regulation of marketing and advertising, of protection for competitors against passing-off and discrediting, and of special rules for consumers etc. It not only offers insights to business and lawyers dealing abroad, but also forms the basis for the development of uniform standards worldwide regarding the commercial fairness of business practices".The individual country chapters have been written by an impressive collection of authors, and it is likely that a great deal of work has gone into the editorial side of this tome since both the English and the accessibility of the legal analysis are agreeably consistent across this long work. Comparison between the laws in different jurisdictions is facilitated by chapter divisions that correspond as far as possible to equivalent subject matter. If the reader samples nothing else, the short (26 paragraph) introduction and the subsequent chapter on international provisions addressing unfair competition are both thoughtfully composed and frame the subject both conceptually and legally before one travels through the countries covered.
Bibliographic and other details available here Hand-luggage assessment: this large, heavy book should travel in the first-class cabin.