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Intellectual Property Law

Sixth Edition

Lionel Bently, Brad Sherman, Dev Gangjee, and Phillip Johnson

October 2022

ISBN: 9780198869917

1,520 pages

Price: £47.99

The definitive account of IP law: thorough coverage combined with exceptional analysis



Intellectual Property Law is the definitive textbook on this subject - an all-embracing and detailed guide to intellectual property law. It clearly sets out the law in relation to copyright, patents, trade marks, passing off and confidentiality, whilst enlivening the text with illustrations and diagrams.

  • Provides a detailed analysis of intellectual property law with reference to a wide range of academic opinion, giving readers a broad context in which to explore the key principles of the subject
  • Writing style is particularly clear - the authors retain clarity whilst including an impressive amount of detail, and discussion of even the most complex areas is lucid and structured
  • Anticipates new developments in the field in more depth than other textbooks, ensuring that readers are able to make informed judgements about forthcoming changes in the law, and understand the direction in which IP law is moving
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Coverage of the implications of Brexit for intellectual property law, including the key changes made to UK law and the relevance of post-Brexit EU decisions in the UK
  • New UK case law on copyright subject matter, joint authorship, fair dealing for reporting current events, AI machines as inventors, the latest developments on misuse of private information including the protection of suspects (Bloomberg v ZXC and the Sir Cliff Richard case) and the right to defend oneself (Duchess of Sussex case), bad faith as a response to the problem of unused trade mark (Skykick), along with the Supreme Court decisions of Actavis, Regeneron, and Shanks
  • Takes account of latest CJEU case law, in particular on subject matter (Levola Hengelo, Cofemel), communication to the public with respect to intermediaries, infringement, and defences (Huetter v Pelham, Spiegel Online, and Funke Medien)
  • Takes account of latest cases at the EPO including Bentley Systems and the Pepper decisions
  • Includes substantially revised chapters on geographical indications and misuse of private information

Table of Contents

    I. Copyright
    2:Introduction to copyright
    3:Subject matter
    4:Criteria for protection
    5:Authorship and first ownership
    6:Nature of the rights
    7:Duration of copyright
    10:Moral rights
    11:Exploitation and use of copyright
    12:Limits on exploitation
    13:Rights associated with copyright
    II. Patents
    14:Introduction to patents
    15:Nature of a patent
    16:Procedure for grant of a patent
    17:Patentable subject matter
    19:Inventive step
    20:Internal requirements for patentability
    24:Rights relating to patents
    III. The Legal Regulation of Designs
    25:How design protection arises in the United Kingdom and the European Union
    26:Subject matter: the requirement that there be a design
    27:Grounds for invalidity: novelty, individual character, and relative grounds
    28:Ownership, exploitation, and infringement: UK registered designs, registered community designs, and unregistered community designs
    29:Copyright protection for designs
    30:UK unregistered design right
    IV. Trade Marks and Passing Off
    31:Introduction to passing off and trade marks
    32:Passing off
    35:Trade mark registration
    36:Subject matter
    37:Absolute grounds for refusal
    38:Relative grounds for refusal
    41:Trade mark defences
    42:Exploitation and use of trade marks
    43:Geographical indications of origin
    V. Confidential Information
    44:Is the information capable of being protected?
    45:Obligation of confidence
    46:Breach and defences
    47:Misuse of private information
    VI. Litigation and Remedies
    49:Civil and criminal remedies


"Indispensable for anyone working or studying in the field. Comprehensive without sacrificing nuance." - Graeme B. Dinwoodie, Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

"Clear, in-depth, insightful, comprehensive and comprehensible... a must for all serious students and researchers of IP law." - Estelle Derclaye, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Nottingham

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The sixth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbook.co.uk/ebooks