This fully revised and updated edition of Intellectual Property Rights for Engineers addresses recent developments in the area. The book explains the general principles behind the law protecting innovation, quoting cases from the engineering domain in order to clarify legal issues. Chapters outline the basic rights through automatic protection (copyright, design right) and registration systems (patent, registered design, trade mark), and also discusses the issues surrounding confidential information. The book clarifies precisely who owns the rights and how their use is constrained by EC law, and goes on to explain how to license or even litigate when necessary. Finally, strategic aspects for decision-making and management are discussed.
- Chapter 2: Copyright
- Chapter 3: Rights in designs
- Chapter 4: Patents
- Chapter 5: Confidential information
- Chapter 6: Trade marks
- Chapter 7: Ownership of intellectual property rights and rights of employees
- Chapter 8: Unfair competition
- Chapter 9: Licensing and litigation
- Chapter 10: Management of IPRs
Vivien Irish BSc, FIEE, CEng, CPhys, CPA, EPA is an intellectual property expert with over 20 years experience of handling all aspects of IP related to electrical and computer systems and physics, including managing patent attorneys and support staff in both industry and private practice. She is a founder member of IEE PG M8. Engineering and the Law, and was Chair of Management Division in 1998/99.