An introductory chapter outlines and compares the various fields of intellectual property law, analyzing their purposes, underlying policies and important differences, as well as their treatment by the courts. Separate sections for each type of intellectual property examine what can be protected, the requirements for protection, the intellectual property owner's rights, limitations on those rights and the standards for establishing infringement.
Concluding chapters provide detailed comparisons of the remedies available under the various intellectual property statutes and at common law, including monetary relief, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, augmented and punitive damages, import exclusion, attorneys' fees and criminal sanctions. Extensive treatment of legislative and regulatory, judicial and international developments is incorporated throughout.
Professor Jay Dratler, Jr. brings to this book the unique perspective of a scientist, engineer, lawyer and law professor. After receiving his doctors degree in physics from the University of California in San Diego in 1971, he spent four years working as a scientist and engineer. His work included eighteen months managing the electronics laboratory of a start-up, high-technology company. Professor Dratler completed his legal education at Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1978 after serving as Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He practiced law for more than eight years, first with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, then in California's Silicon Valley with Fenwick, Davis & West (now Fenwick & West). In 2010, Dr. Dratler retired as the Goodyear Professor of Intellectual Property, Emeritus at the University of Akron School of Law, in Akron, Ohio. There he taught Computer Law, Copyright, Cyberlaw, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Licensing and Trade Secrets, and Patent Law and Policy. He is the principal author (with Professor Stephen McJohn) of a four-volume treatise on intellectual property, a one-volume treatise on cyberlaw and a two-volume treatise on licensing. Professor Dratler still teaches special courses in the US and Australia, consults on IP licensing and strategy and is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Law Institute.
Stephen M. McJohn
Professor Stephen McJohn is a professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches in the areas of intellectual property and commercial law. His scholarly interests lie in areas touching on law and technology, such as intellectual property, computer law, artificial intelligence and legal reasoning, and economic analysis. Professor McJohn received his B.A. in Computer Studies and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University. After studying law in Germany and completing a federal appellate clerkship, he practiced law in the Chicago office of Latham and Watkins and taught at the IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law.