More books for review

The Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP) has received a further batch of new intellectual property law titles for review. They are listed below. If you are seriously interested in reviewing one of them for the journal and believe yourself to be suitably qualified to do so, please email Sarah Harris at by not later than Friday 20 April 2012 and let her know. If you have not previously reviewed a title for JIPLP, please state why you'd like to review the title of your choice.

Please remember: authors, publishers and our readers depend on your assessment of books that are sent for review. If, once you have received the book, you don't feel that you can review it, we ask you to send it back to us so that we can pass it on to another reviewer.

The books available for review are as follows:

Trade Marks: Law and Practice (third edition), by Alison Firth, Gary Lea and Peter Cornford. Published by Jordans.
"Trade Marks: Law and Practice is a concise account of UK trade marks law within the European and international context. ... this text deals with all the relevant domestic and international developments.

The text incorporates and analyses the ongoing amendments to the Trade Marks Act 2004, amendments to the Trade Marks Rules 2000 and the expansion of the system of international registration of trade marks under the Madrid Protocol and the International Trademark Treaty. The appendices include helpful consolidated versions of the Act and the Rules".
Further information concerning this title can be found here.

Business Method and Software Patents: A Practical Guide, by Morgan D. Rosenberg and Richard J. Apley.Published in New York by Oxford University Press.
"In its 2010 decision in Bilski v. Kappos, the U.S. Supreme Court redefined patentable subject matter for business methods and computer software, but did so without imposing definitive tests and definitions, effectively leaving such guidance for future court decisions and the ... USPTO. As a result, the law is essentially being written at present, and will continue to be written and narrowed over the next decade.

Business Method and Software Patents addresses the drafting of business-method and software patents in the wake of Bilski v. Kappos. ... With the use of actual patents filed by the authors, this work provides practical information and guidance on the drafting of successful patent applications".
Further information concerning this title can be found here.

Complex Copyright: Mapping the Information Ecosystem by Deborah Tussey. Published by Ashgate.
"This book draws on a wide selection of interdisciplinary literature discussing complex adaptive systems - including scholarship from economics, political science, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and religion - to apply general complexity tenets to the institutions, conceptual framework, and theoretical justifications of the copyright system, both in the United States and internationally. The author argues that copyrighted works are the products of complex creative systems and, consequently, designers of copyright regimes for the global 'information ecosystem' should look to complexity theory for guidance. Urging legal scholars to undertake empirical studies of real-world copyright systems, Tussey reveals how the selection of workable configurations for the copyright regime is larger than that encompassed by the traditional, entirely theoretical, debate between private property rights and the commons. Finally, this unique study articulates how copyright law must tolerate certain chaotic elements that may be essential to the sustainability of complex systems".
Further information concerning this title can be found here

Developing a legal paradigm for patents, by Helen Gubby, published by Eleven International Publishing.
"The author is an attorney and expert in legal terminology and linguistics with experience of both common and civil law systems. This book is a historical analysis which shows that the dialogue today over the role and function of the patent system is both based on and reflected by judicial decision-making in earlier times".
Further details available from the publisher's website here.

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