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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009$
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Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson, and Gavin Drewry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.001.0001

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

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(p.711) 39 Intellectual Property
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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009
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Robin Jacob

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.003.0045

This chapter focuses on the role of the House of Lords in relation to intellectual property. It begins with a discussion of the place of the House of Lords in IP up until 1952. By and large it performed a valuable and cohesive function. The chapter then presents cases: they are of two sorts, those about the core rules of IP law and those which, although having an IP right in the background, were really about some more general question. It argues that the House has generally served IP well, and has particularly served patents very well. IP law is a lot better off for the second tier of appeal.

Keywords:   House of Lords, English law, patent law, registered trade marks, copyright, IP law

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