Consulting editor(s): Nicholas Fox

Publication date: Dec 2019

Format: Hardback

Pages: 400

Price: £148.00

ISBN: 9781787422049

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Review from first edition:

The result is a very clear, precise, concise, carefully researched, well written and authoritative publication. It provides a very well thought [out] guide to the most relevant issues faced when dealing with intellectual property protection of electronics and software.

- Gaetano Dimita, EIPR

Review from first edition: An extremely handy book for IP practitioners since it discusses the most useful and the hottest IP issues relevant in the field. As a patent litigator from China, I found the chapter for China accurate and helpful and I became more familiar with IP protection and enforcement in other jurisdictions.

- Simon Xu , Fangda Partners

Review from first edition: An invaluable guide

- Journal of Intellectual Property Rights (JIPR)

Here then, is essential reading and an impressive fund of know-how for every IP lawyer advising on matters relating to the protection of innovation in the electronics and software industries.

- Elizabeth Robson Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers, and Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Chambers, Reviews Editor, 'The Barrister', and Mediator

The software, communications and electronics markets are among the world’s most innovative and competitive. Robust competition means that developers and manufacturers of software, mobile phones, gaming devices, computers, digital cameras and other consumer appliances must leverage their intellectual property (IP) rights to sustain competitive advantage. However, this can be difficult, as much innovation takes place at the intersection of patent, design and copyright law. Although much law is harmonised, significant variations remain both in law and in practice.

Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software provides practical guidance and addresses key IP law issues in major jurisdictions worldwide which impact on software and electronics companies. Topics covered include: the challenges of obtaining protection; software protection and the limits of patentability; patent strategy, including approaches to patent drafting to maximise protection; standards setting and reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing; open source software; and other forms of protection such as unfair competition and design rights.

This edition covers the latest case law on open source software and standard essential patents and features new chapters on the likely impact of the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent. Geographical coverage has also been expanded to include details of the procedures and protection available in Italy.

Written by a team of leading specialists in IP law, this is an invaluable guide to navigating the complex and overlapping rights which protect innovation in this field.

New to this edition: 

  • Italy 
  • Unified Patent Court 
  • Coverage of the October 2019 changes in Canadian patent law