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Intellectual Property Law and Innovation - William Van Caenegem

Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Paperback Published: 7th February 2007
ISBN: 9780521837576
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book covers the areas of intellectual property law that are most relevant to both product and technological innovation. It surveys intellectual property law relevant to protecting or monopolising the novel visual appearance, as well as the novel functions and substantive characteristics of products. Intellectual Property Law and Innovation deals with copyright laws as relevant to computers, the visual design of products, registered design laws, patent laws and the law relating to computer chip layout. It also examines aspects of passing off and trademark laws relevant to product appearance. The role of these different areas of law is examined from the perspective of innovation theory, as well as from the perspective of innovation strategy and public policy. This book takes a comparative approach, but focuses principally on the law in English speaking jurisdictions, especially Australia.

Prefacep. vii
List of acronymsp. xii
Table of statutesp. xiv
Table of casesp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Intellectual property law and innovationp. 2
Innovation, competition and IPRsp. 2
IPRs and knowledge diffusionp. 6
Property theoryp. 10
Theory and structure of rightsp. 13
Theory, policy and realityp. 15
IP law trends relating to innovationp. 17
The areas of intellectual property law included in this bookp. 23
Trade secretsp. 25
Introductionp. 25
Policy contextp. 26
The equitable action for breach of confidencep. 31
Introduction: doctrinal underpinningsp. 31
The first element: information that is not in the public domainp. 35
Demarcation and itemisationp. 40
An implied or express obligation of confidencep. 42
Use or disclosure of the confidential informationp. 45
Detriment and remedies in generalp. 48
Remedies against third partiesp. 51
Conclusions concerning trade secrets lawp. 52
The employment contextp. 53
Introductionp. 53
The action for breach of confidence post-termp. 54
Contractual extension of obligations of confidentialityp. 57
Patentsp. 60
Introductionp. 60
Patent policy contextp. 63
Patents law: entitlementp. 70
Patentable subject matterp. 71
Novelty and inventivenessp. 80
Noveltyp. 80
Inventivenessp. 84
Utility, secret use and section 40 requirementsp. 87
Section 40 requirementsp. 87
Utilityp. 89
Secret use; prior user rightsp. 89
Standard patents and innovation patentsp. 90
Ownership of patentsp. 93
The inventor's entitlement to a patentp. 93
Employer entitlement to inventions and patents: some policy issuesp. 94
The law of ownership of employee inventions in Australiap. 96
Rights and infringementp. 99
The nature and extent of the exploitation rightp. 104
Copyright and designsp. 110
Introductionp. 110
Policy contextp. 110
The legal regimes covered in this chapterp. 115
Copyrightp. 116
Introductionp. 115
Subsistence of copyrightp. 117
Infringement of copyright: reproduction of worksp. 121
Registered designsp. 129
Introduction and policy contextp. 129
Designs law in Australia: entitlementp. 135
Introductionp. 135
Requirements for a valid designp. 136
The novelty testp. 143
Nature of the design rightp. 148
Infringement of a registered designp. 150
The copyright-designs overlapp. 162
Sui generis regimes and trade mark registrationp. 174
Introductionp. 174
Computersp. 178
Computer program copyrightp. 179
Patents for computer programsp. 186
Circuit layoutsp. 188
Plant varietiesp. 192
Introductionp. 192
The Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994p. 195
Reliance on trade marks registration to monopolise new product shapes?p. 200
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9780521837576
ISBN-10: 052183757X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 7th February 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.35

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