U.S. Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Intellectual Property, Copyright and Trademark and Patents

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Hugh Hansen


Edward Elgar Publishing, July 2006


Papers in this book look at hot topics in patent, copyright, trademark law and trade secret law.

Policy Relevance

Current controversies in intellectual property law include business method patents, consumers’ access to copyrighted works, and patent claim construction.

Main Points

  • Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss asks if patenting business methods has benefits for firms and businesses.

  • Jane Ginsburg looks at the development of a right to access copyrighted works in the United States.

  • Graeme Dinwoodie examines the current status of trademark law.

  • Marshal Leaffer surveys the development of the Lanham Act and competition policy.

  • John R. Thomas look s at how the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals examines the claims in patents.

  • Pamela Samuelson looks at constitutional and economic influences on the development of copyright law in the United States.

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