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Introduction to Legal Means for Protecting Intellectual Property

Anne M. Rector, Bunny Sandefur, Marco Ceccagnoli, Meadow Clendenin and Louise Hallenborg

A chapter in Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results, 2016, vol. 26, pp 87-130 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract This chapter provides an overview of the five main modes of intellectual property (IP) protection – patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and designs – available in the United States, the European Union, and Japan. After describing the purposes of and principal differences among the five types of IP protection and outlining the advantages of each form, the chapter provides country- and region-specific information. The authors highlight the aspects of IP law in which international harmonization has, or has not yet, occurred, and offer insights into the relative advantages of various national and regional IP protection systems.

Keywords: Patents; trademarks; copyright; trade secrets; designs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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