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Introduction to Intellectual Property: Theory and Practice is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to IP covering all aspects of IP law and administration. The intensification of globalization and the exponential growth of the creative economy have dramatically highlighted the importance of IP to ensure freedom of competition and respect for honesty in trade. In addition, the assets covered by IP are of crucial importance for social, technological, and economic development. This hugely valuable guide, written by specialists from the Secretariat of WIPO, and now in its updated and expanded second edition, pays particular attention to the subject of international cooperation in IP, including discussion of the principal multilateral treaties which deal with its protection.

What’s in this book:

Among the aspects of IP law and administration covered are the following:

  • administrative details of various regimes, including patent information and documentation systems;
  • the growing significance of IP in such areas as technology transfer, traditional knowledge, and genetic resources;
  • negotiation processes under way at WIPO, such as the Development Agenda; and
  • material prepared by WIPO’s International Bureau.

How this will help you:

This book is unique because the contributors are WIPO Secretariat members, who deal with the day-to-day affairs related to IP issues. The concepts explained in this book—from the introductory to advanced aspects of IP—serve as a springboard for practitioners considering the expansion of their practices and also for those who find themselves dealing with IP issues in their work and who need to become more articulate on the subject. In sum, this work is a useful resource for corporate counsel, IP practitioners, government officials, IP agents, and academics.


Pages 624
Publish Date 05/05/2017
Publish Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041160935
SKU 10058092-0001
Table of Contents


Part I Intellectual Property, Its Functions and Components

Chapter 1 The Concept and Functions of Intellectual Property

Chapter 2 The History and Evolution of IP

Chapter 3 The Effect of IP Protection on Economic and Technological Development

Chapter 4 The Contribution of Industrial Property to the Transfer and Dissemination of Technology

Chapter 5 About WIPO, Its Work and Strategic Goals

Chapter 6 Copyright and Related Rights

Chapter 7 Patents

Chapter 8 Trademarks

Chapter 9 Industrial Designs

Chapter 10 Geographical Indications (“GIs”)

Chapter 11 Plant Varieties: The International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (1991 Act)

Chapter 12 Traditional Knowledge(“TK”), Traditional Cultural Expressions (“TCEs”), and Genetic Resources (“GRs”)

Chapter 13 Protection Against Unfair Competition

Chapter 14 Enforcement of IPRs

Part II Global Protection

Chapter 15 The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property

Chapter 16 The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

Chapter 17 The Patent Cooperation Treaty ("PCT")

Chapter 18 Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure

Chapter 19 The Patent Law Treaty ("PLT")

Chapter 20 The Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement

Chapter 21 The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

Chapter 22 The Trademark Law Treaty (TLT)

Chapter 23 The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks

Chapter 24 The Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and Their International Registration and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (The “Lisbon System”)

Chapter 25 Conventions on Classification

Chapter 26 The International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations (The “Rome Convention”)

Chapter 27 Other Special Conventions in the Field of Related Rights

Chapter 28 The WIPO Internet Treaties: The WCT and WPPT

Chapter 29 The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances ("BTAP")

Chapter 30 Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled ("MVT" or "Marrakesh Treaty")

Chapter 31 The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (“TRIPS”)

Part III  Reframing International IP? New Negotiating Processes at WIPO

Chapter 32 The WIPO Development Agenda

Chapter 33 The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore ("IGC")

Chapter 34 Protection of New Technological Developments

Chapter 35 The Proposed Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations

Chapter 3