- an overview on IP covering terminology, mine and various other people's definitions of IP, legislative and judicial policy, the IP system (TRIPS, the treaties, WIPO and institutions), sources of law, legislation, national and regional IP offices and the courts;
- obtaining intellectual property rights and exploiting them:contrasting IPR that arise automatically such as copyrights and design rights with registrable rights such as patents, trade marks and designs, the patent, trade mark and design registration processes, the cost of patenting and its advantages and disadvantages compared to trade secrets and design rights and the need for IP insurance, licensing and joint ventures and top tips for clients; and
- enforcing IP rights: how IPR are infringed, the methods of enforcement, remedies, CPR Part 63, PD63 and the Patents Court Guide, threats actions, costs of litigation and methods of funding and alternatives to litigation such as the UDRP for domain names and advisory opinions on validity and infringement from the UK-IPO.
- a table showing how each type of intellectual asset (i.e. brands, design, inventions etc) is protected in the UK and elsewhere;
- extracts from relevant statutes and cases on subsistence and infringement of IP rights;
- a table of UK, European and international institutions governing particular types of IP right;
- a table showing relative costs of enforcement in the UK and other industrial countries
- a discussion on the Protocol on Interpretation of Art 69 of the European Convention and the changes brought about by the insertion of a new art 2;
- comparisons with the US doctrine of equivalents;
- extracts from The Code of Practice for pre-action conduct in intellectual property dispute
- s.74A and s.74B of the Patents Act 1977, and
- overview of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
"If a client came to you with a domain name dispute, in what circumstances would you advise him not to use the UDRP or similar scheme"
"Would you always advise a start-up to apply for a patent and if so why?"
- take a look at my profile above
- look around my website,
- read my articles on the IP/IT Update blog and website, in print and elsewhere;
- look up my reported cases in the Fleet Street and other reports and on the Internet; and
- my decisions as a domain name panellist on the WIPO website.
Ms. Toni Wilson.
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