More books for review

Here's another list of books for which JIPLP seeks reviewers.  If you think that you are the right person to review one of these titles, please email Sarah Harris at and tell her, by not later than close of play on  Friday 27 June. If you are not yet known to us, please let us have sight of your CV or some other explanation as to why you feel that the book should be reviewed by you rather than anyone else.

Title: Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition and Publicity: Convergences and Development 
Editors: Nari Lee, Guido Westkamp, Annette Kur and Ansgar Ohly
Publisher: Edward Elgar
"Dealing with rights and developments at the margin of classic intellectual property, this fascinating book explores emerging types of regulations and how existing IP regimes inform and influence the judicial and legislative creation of “substitute” IP rights. The editors have carefully structured the book to ensure that there is a thorough analysis of how commercial values arising at the margins of classic IP rights are regulated. As new regimes of regulations emerge, the question of how existing IP regimes inform and influence the judicial and legislative creation of “substitute” intellectual property rights is explored. By doing this, the contributors interrogate the very boundaries that constitute what IP rights traditionally protect and cover. Should all investments in anything intangible and “intellectual” – such as product shapes, personality, data and organization of an event - be protected as property? Should there be qualitative differences among the types of investments and achievements? ..."
Further details may be obtained from the book's web page here.


Title: Intellectual Property Rights: Legal and Economic Challenges for Development
Editors: Mario Cimoli, Giovanni Dosi, Keith E. Maskus, Ruth L. Okediji and Jerome H. Reichman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
"In recent years, Intellectual Property Rights - both in the form of patents and copyrights - have expanded in their coverage, the breadth and depth of protection, and the tightness of their enforcement. Moreover, for the first time in history, the IPR regime has become increasingly uniform at international level by means of the TRIPS agreement, irrespectively of the degrees of development of the various countries.

This volume, first, addresses from different angles the effects of IPR on the processes of innovation and innovation diffusion in general, and with respect to developing countries in particular. Contrary to a widespread view, there is very little evidence that the rates of innovation increase with the tightness of IPR even in developed countries. Conversely, in many circumstances, tight IPR represents an obstacle to imitation and innovation diffusion in developing countries.

What can policies do then? This is the second major theme of the book which offers several detailed discussions of possible policy measures even within the current TRIPS regime - including the exploitation of the waivers to IPR enforcement that it contains, various forms of development of 'technological commons', and non-patent rewards to innovators, such as prizes. Some drawbacks of the regimes, however, are unavoidable: hence the advocacy in many contributions to the book of deep reforms of the system in both developed and developing countries, including the non-patentability of scientific discoveries, the reduction of the depth and breadth of IPR patents, and the variability of the degrees of IPR protection according to the levels of a country's development".
Further details may be obtained from the book's web page here


Title: Sorrow Might Come in the End: legal cases in the music and entertainment industries
Author: Jeremy Grice
Available via Amazon
"From Spandau Ballet to the Spice Girls, from Who Wants to be a Millionaire to Apple Corps and Apple Computer, entertainment companies and musicians are no strangers to the Law Courts. "Sorrow Might Come in the End" explores a range of UK cases which actually reached court before being resolved; it examines the primary source of court transcripts, explains the background to the cases and analyses the judgment, highlighting the legal principles which were under examination. It evaluates the impact of the cases for the music and entertainment industries, and discusses what can be learned. It will be of particular interest to students of contract and intellectual property law, as well as to anyone with a fascination for music and entertainment".
This book's Amazon web page is here

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