Five more books for review

JIPLP has five more books for review.  As usual, we invite readers of this weblog to let us know if they would like to write a book review, indicating clearly (i) which book they would like to review and (ii), if their interests and qualifications are not already known to us, why they feel that they should write the review.  If you'd like to write a review, please email Sarah Harris at and let her know by close of play on Wednesday 5 March.

We are anxious to receive interesting, perceptive reviews and are will no longer be prepared to accept reviews that consist of little more than a recital of the book's contents together with any of the usual clichés ("essential reading", "everyone should have this book", "the author is to be congratulated", "looking forward to the next edition" etc) that haunt lazily-written book reviews.

The following books are on offer:

Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law, 6th edition
Author: David Bainbridge
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional Law, Tax and Accounting
"The book adopts an in-depth, yet practical approach to equip lawyers specialising in IP and IT laws with a thorough and up-to-date understanding of this important area of practice. It is particularly useful when advising clients involved in, or contemplating litigation, and it provides a useful source that points to further research.

It is also an ideal resource for people specialising in the development and delivery of IT projects. This includes SME and start-up companies, software developers, website and e-commerce specialists, information society service providers, and their sub-contractors, clients or users. It is also suitable for academic readers, especially computer science and postgraduate students taking subjects such as copyright, patents, software development and e-commerce".
Further information available from the book's website here


The WTO Agreements on TRIPS, A Commentary,
Editors: Justin Malbon, Charles Lawson and Mark Davison
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
"This reference book is a major authoritative work that is clearly organised and presented, allowing users to navigate quickly to commentary on any element of TRIPS. The book begins with a context-setting section, providing guidance on interpreting TRIPS. It considers the salient elements of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes, and the preamble to the Agreement Establishing the WTO. The book then follows the seven part structure of TRIPS, and provides an article-by-article analysis of each of its 73 provisions and specifically addresses the interpretation of key phrases in each article.

An essential resource for practitioners and scholars, this detailed and exhaustive volume will also prove invaluable to academics and students of intellectual property law, international law and trade law. It is a first point of reference for anyone needing to know more about TRIPS".
Further information available from the book's website here


Digital Copyright Law and Practice, 4th edition
Author: Simon Stokes
Publisher: Hart Publishing
"The first edition of this book in 2002 was the first UK text to examine digital copyright together with related areas such as performers' rights, moral rights, database rights and competition law as a subject in its own right. Updated editions have included the UK implementation of the 2001 Information Society Directive and commentary on user-generated content and the development of Web 2.0 and beyond. Now in its fourth edition, the book has been updated and revised to take account of legal and policy developments in copyright law and related areas, in particular the increasing role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in shaping EU copyright law.

The book helps put digital copyright law and policy into perspective and provides practical guidance for those creating or exploiting digital content or technology, whether in academia, the software, information, publishing and creative industries, and other areas of the economy. The focus is on the specifics of the law in this area together with practical aspects, including precedents and precedent checklists dealing with common digital copyright transactions. The latest edition has been expanded to include a discussion of Open Access, eBooks and app development and licensing. Both academics and practitioners will find the book an invaluable guide to this rapidly developing field of law".
Further information available from the book's website here


Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Environment
Editors: Peter S. Menell and Sarah M. Tran
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
"This topical volume brings together seminal papers which explore the interplay of intellectual property, innovation and environmental protection. It traces the emergence of intellectual property as an environmental protection policy lever and examines the interaction of market failures at the intersection of technological progress and environmental protection. Further, it discusses concerns that have been raised about the use of proprietary rights in the service of environmental protection. Finally it considers alternatives to intellectual property, such as subsidies and prizes, which seek to encourage advances in environmental protection technologies.

With an original introduction by the editors, this important collection will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners working in the field of intellectual property, innovation and the environment".
Further information available from the book's website here


Overview of the Appeal Proceedings According to the EPC
Authors: Hugo Meinders, Ingo Beckedorf and Gérard Weiss,
Publisher: HTel
"The Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office were substantially revised in 2003. These Rules make it clear that the function of the Boards of Appeal is a judicial one, namely the review of the appealed decision. Thereto, the proceedings are essentially in writing and the case must as complete as possible at the early stages. They are more a judicial review of the decision than a continuation of the administrative first instance proceedings, particularly in opposition-appeal. Hence, the appeal proceedings are substantially different from the first instance proceedings, a fact not generally appreciated by parties attending appeal proceedings.

The book provides an easily readable overview of the appeal proceedings, in the three official languages of the European Patent Office, which helps in understanding the nature of the appeal proceedings before the Boards of Appeal.

The book also contains the complete text of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal in the three official languages and an alphabetic index for each language".
Further information available from the book's website here

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