Chapter

The scope of the undertaking

David T. Keeling

in Intellectual Property Rights in EU Law Volume I: Free Movement and Competition Law

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780198259183
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259183.003.0001

Series: Oxford European Union Law Library

The scope of the undertaking

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This chapter focuses on the scope of discussion of the present book dealing with intellectual property rights in EU law. The book aims to examine the relationship between intellectual property rights and the law of the European Community (‘EC Law’). The term ‘intellectual property’ is used here in the wide sense that it has acquired in common law countries. It embraces all exclusive rights which the law grants to certain individuals in order to reward creative effort or to protect commercial reputation. The major points of discussion would be patents, trade marks, copyright and related rights, design rights, designations of origin, plant breeders' rights and certain aspects of the law of unfair competition.

Keywords: intellectual property rights; EU law; European Community law; common law; patents; trade marks

Chapter.  1946 words. 

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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