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The Advocate General and EC Law$
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Noreen Burrows and Rosa Greaves

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199299003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299003.001.0001

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Advocate General Jacobs and intellectual property law

Advocate General Jacobs and intellectual property law

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The Advocate General and EC Law

Rosa Greaves

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Advocate General Francis Jacobs and his contributions to intellectual property law. Jacobs was appointed Advocate General in 1988, at a time when the European Project had just been restarted with the adoption of the Single European Act and the establishment of the Court of First Instance. He retired in December 2005, making him the second longest holder of the office. During his 17 years in office he delivered over 500 Opinions. The chapter begins with a brief resume of the case law on intellectual property rights prior to his appointment; consideration is then given to the Opinions he delivered on the relationship between the EC Treaty rules on competition and free movement and the exercise of intellectual property rights. Finally, the Opinions he delivered in cases where interpretation questions were raised in respect of the Trade Mark Directive and the Trade Mark Regulation are examined.

Keywords:   Francis Jacobs, European Court of Justice, Advocate General, Court of First Instance, intellectual property rights, EC Treaty, Trade Mark Directive, Trade Mark Regulation

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