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Sunday, 26 June 2005


The IPKat has recently been perusing a new book, Intellectual Property Licences and Technology Transfer, by McDermott Will & Emery partner Duncan Curley. Published by Chandos Publishing of Oxford, this paperback weighs in at 335 pages (the text goes up to 221 pages, the rest consisting of the appendices and the index). But don't be put off by the length if you're looking for a quick read: the pages are small and the print is large.

Duncan Curley

This book is intended to provide a relatively easy, introductory read, presumably for clients and businesses, in contrast to the blockbusters that sit on practitioners' shelves. Alas, the subject-matter is not one that lends itself to any sort of kindly treatment: the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation is a pain to read, a pain to explain and a pain to comply with. If ever there was a battle between lawyers and economists which the lawyers lost, the TTBER is it! Worse still, we don't yet have enough rulings and guidance as to how the TTBER is working in practice, so we have to rely on conjecture, deductions and not a little optimism too. Still, full marks to Duncan Curley for trying.

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