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The Subject Matter of Intellectual Property
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The Subject Matter of Intellectual Property

Justine Pila


This book offers a study of the subject matter protected by each of the main intellectual property (IP) regimes. With a focus on European and UK law particularly, it considers the meaning of the terms used to denote the objects to which IP rights attach, such as ‘invention’, ‘authorial work’, ‘trade mark’, and ‘design’, with reference to the practice of legal officials and the nature of those objects specifically. To that end it proceeds in three stages. At the first stage, in Chapter 2, the nature, aims, and values of IP rights and systems are considered. As historically and currently conceiv ... More

Keywords: intellectual property, subject matter, inventions, authorial works, trade marks, designs, plant varieties, geographical indications, copyright, patents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199688616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justine Pila, author
Senior Law Tutor and Fellow, St. Catherine's College, Oxford