Emerging Divergences in the Common Law of Intellectual Property: An Overview

Lionel Bently, Catherine W Ng, Giuseppina D'Agostino

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This festschrift was written in honor of David Vaver, who recently retired as Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law and Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at the University of Oxford. The essays, written by some of the world's leading academics, practitioners, and judges in the field of intellectual property law, take as their starting point the common assumption that the patent, copyright, and trade mark laws within members of the 'common law family' (Australia, Canada, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, the UK, the US, etc.) share some sort of common tradition. The contributors examine, in relation to particular topics, the extent to which such a shared view of the field exists in the face of other forces that are producing divergence. The essays discuss, inter alia, issues concerning court practices, the medical treatment exception, non-obviousness and sufficiency in patent law, originality and exceptions in copyright law, unfair competition law, and cross-border goodwill and dilution in trade mark law.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Common Law of Intellectual Property
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of Professor David Vaver
EditorsCatherine W Ng, Lionel Bently, Giuseppina D'Agostino
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
PublisherHart Publishing
Pages3-17, 410-422
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781847315939
ISBN (Print)184113970X, 9781841139708
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2010


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