"Despite increasing worldwide harmonization of intellectual property, driven by US patent reform [that's interesting, says Merpel, who had thought that US patent reform was driven by increasing worldwide harmonisation, rather than the other way round] and numerous EU Directives, the common law and civil law traditions still exert powerful and divergent influences on certain features of national IP systems.The impressive team of scholars contributing to this book has a bit of the "all the usual suspects" feel about it, since many are tried-and-tested contributors to the literature of IP in recent years, and all but one of them are academics. The exception, the ever-original Mario Franzosi, has provided a curious little appendix on "The Patent Laws of Old" which looks like a chapter from another book that has somehow sneaked into this one. Never mind this, each of the chapters stands alone as a worthwhile read in itself.
Drawing together the views and experiences of scholars and lawyers from the United States, Europe and Asia, this book examines how different characteristics embedded in national IP systems stem from differences in the fundamental legal principles of the two traditions. It questions whether these elements are destined to remain diverged, and tries to identify common ground that might facilitate a form of harmonization.
Containing the most current and up-to-date IP issues from a global perspective, this book will be a valuable resource for IP and comparative law academics, law students, policy makers, as well as lawyers and in-house counsels".
Bibliographic data. x + 464 pp. Hardback ISBN 978 0 85793 436 9; ebook ISBN 978 0 85793 437 6. Hardback price £100; online price from the publisher's website £90. Rupture factor: small. Web page here.
"This completely revised and up to date Fourth Edition of this well received work offers in one volume a comprehensive review of United States copyright, patent, and trademark laws. The material has been completely updated and includes detailed discussion of the 2011 America Invents Act, as well as other pertinent developments in U.S. law It provides thorough and sophisticated treatment of this complex material in a form both less cumbersome than a treatise and considerably deeper and more sophisticated than a study outline or "nutshell." [This is indeed so] With its detailed citations, and readily accessible and complete subject coverage, this book will be a useful quick reference or deskbook for intellectual property practitioners, students, law professors, and librarians, as well as for anyone interested in understanding American intellectual property law".This book is really quite useful for any non-American who needs to gain a solid general overview of the guts of US IP law. Try it and see!
Bibliographic data. xxiv + 351 pp. Hardback, ISBN 9041145672 and 13: 9789041145673. Price $175. Rupture factor: mild. Book's web page here.
Apart from the obvious question as to why it has taken so long to get this excellent content into the marketplace, there's another unexplained mystery. According to the book's web blurb:
"This is the 17th Annual volume in the series collecting the presentations and discussion from the Annual Fordham IP Conference. The contributions, by leading world experts, analyse the most pressing issues in copyright, trademark and patent law as seen from the perspectives of the USA, the EU, Asia and WIPO. This volume, in common with its predecessors, makes a valuable and lasting contribution to the discourse in IP law, as well as trade and competition law. The contents, while always informative, are also critical and questioning of new developments and policy concerns".If this is the 17th annual volume, how come it's only volume 12? Readers who enjoy the cut-and-thrust of Fordham debate so much that, having consumed this volume, they want to buy the entire back catalogue, will definitely be perplexed by this strange numerology. It would in any case be useful if one page of this volume was dedicated to listing the whereabouts of the earlier volumes so that they could more easily be tracked down.
For those who have never attended a Fordham IP conference and wonder why its regulars rave about it so much, this is a must-read book. You will get a sense of the urgency, the clash of restless and talented intellects, the fusion of academic, practical and judicial strands of thought, which characterise this remarkable event, a veritable Glastonbury among IP festivals.
Bibliographic data: xvi + 738 pp. Hardback ISBN 9781849460576 (price £125). Adobe PDF ebook ISBN 9781782251170 (price £112.50); ePub 9781782251187 (price £112.50). Rupture factor: medium. Book's web page here.