Intellectual Property Review, fourth edition

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02 September 2015

Our IP lawyers Gordon Harris, Rebecca Costen, Andrew Maggs and Ailsa Carter have written the United Kingdom chapter for the Intellectual Property Review, fourth edition. The chapter summarises the IP court and litigation system in the UK, recent developments in relation to IP law and practice, the forms and availability of IP protection and trends and outlook in the IP sphere.

The Intellectual Property Review, fourth edition, published by Law Business Research, contains 34 chapters. Each chapter covers a different jurisdiction, and for each, discusses the following:

  1. Forms of IP protection
  2. Recent developments
  3. Obtaining protection
  4. Enforcement of rights
  5. Trends and outlook

The UK chapter is available here.

The book is a broad IP text but with an emphasis on patents. It provides an outline of the available intellectual property protection in each jurisdiction, including discussion of more testing aspects of patentability. Perhaps more importantly, it describes the court and litigation system in which litigants would enforce or challenge those rights.

Litigants and lawyers familiar with instructing legal teams around the world in relation to related/parallel intellectual property rights, particularly patents, will appreciate the time and learning that is necessary to develop an understanding of the court and litigation system in an unfamiliar jurisdiction. Such an understanding is a prerequisite for efficient and effective instruction in, and co-ordination of, global IP litigation strategies.

The Intellectual Property Review is a really useful tool in this context. For each jurisdiction, it contains more information than can be gleaned in many hours of calls and meetings, and follows a well-defined structure. In keeping with this, the UK chapter provides a condensed and current synopsis of the position in the UK.

We are able to make available to you (linked above) the UK chapter that we have written, along with information on the contents of the wider book. Upon request, we are also able to make available an eBook version - please direct enquiries to Gordon Harris or Ailsa Carter (

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