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Intellectual Property Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Fourth Edition

Tanya Aplin and Jennifer Davis

October 2021

ISBN: 9780198842873

1,008 pages

In Stock

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £44.99

The most comprehensive discussion of the law and its ethical context using extracts from a wide range of cases and materials to encourage thoughtful debate.



This book combines extracts from major cases and secondary materials with critical commentary to provide a complete resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of intellectual property law.

  • Focuses on domestic intellectual property law, while placing it firmly in its international context to allow students to gain a broad and thorough understanding of intellectual property as a global subject
  • Combines well-chosen extracts from case law and secondary materials with stimulating commentary to give students a wide variety of practical and academic perspectives
  • Provides an extensive selection of relevant further reading throughout each chapter, which allows students to use the textbook as a springboard for further research

New to this edition

  • Coverage of the Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market and of the implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive (EU) 2016/943
  • New cases on EU copyright, including reproduction, communication to the public and quotation: Pelham v Hütter; Funke Median NRW GmBH v Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Spiegel Online v Volker Beck; and Levola Hengelo BV v Smilde Foods BV and Cofomel
  • Discussion of the Court of Appeal decision on joint authorship in Kogan v Martin
  • New CJEU rulings in trade marks such as Christian Louboutin v van Haren Schoenen BV and Simba Toys GmbH & Co. KG v EUIPO
  • The decision on passing off in Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd v Sandoz Ltd
  • The UK Supreme Court decisions on patent entitlement in Shanks v Unilever; on inventive step in Actavis v ICOS; and on sufficiency in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals v Kymab
  • Consideration of AI technologies in relation to copyright and patent law
  • Consideration of the impact of Brexit on UK IP law

About the Author(s)

Tanya Aplin, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, King's College, London, and Jennifer Davis, Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge

Table of Contents

    1:An introduction to intellectual property
    2:Copyright I: history, justifications, sources of law, and subsistence
    3:Copyright II: authorship, ownership, exploitation, term, moral rights, and economic rights
    4:Copyright III: infringement, exceptions, and database right
    5:Passing off
    6:Trade marks I: justifications, registration, and absolute grounds for refusal of registration
    7:Trade marks II: the relative grounds for refusal of registration, infringement, and remedies
    8:Trade marks III: defences, the loss of a trade mark, and exhaustion of rights
    9:Breach of confidence
    10:Privacy, personality, and publicity
    11:Patents I: justifications, registration, patentable subject matter, and industrial application
    12:Patents II: novelty, inventive step, sufficiency, and support
    13:Patents III: infringement, exceptions, and entitlement
    14:Industrial designs

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