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Intellectual Property: The Law of Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, and Trade Secrets 5th Edition

Deborah E. Bouchoux, Esq.

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Overview

This fifth edition of Bouchoux' comprehensive, reader-friendly resource helps aspiring and practicing paralegals master the complexities of modern intellectual property law, including registration procedures, duration of rights, and protection from infringement. Updated to address current trends and developments, the new edition covers cutting-edge issues such as technological innovations, intellectual property in the digital age, the role of the Internet, and evolving business law. Sample agreements, forms, task checklists, realistic case studies with related activities, excerpts of real cases, and new learning features help students master key concepts and procedures.

Deborah E. Bouchoux, Esq., Georgetown University

Deborah E. Bouchoux, J.D., is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University, where she teaches a variety of topics in the Paralegal Studies Program and serves on the program's advisory board. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California (inactive) and District of Columbia Bar (active). She has taught in a number of paralegal programs, including the University of San Diego Paralegal Program and the Paralegal Studies Program at George Washington University. She is the author of eleven textbooks and several articles in national and local paralegal publications.

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  • This comprehensive overview of the four fields of intellectual property law -- trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets -- includes essential concepts, practical tools and examples, and activities to support learning and skill development.
  • "Ethics Edge" features in every chapter help students appreciate the complexities and ramifications of the situations they will encounter as working paralegals -- and reinforce the importance of ethical action as a standard of professional practice.
  • "Internet Resources" and "Using Internet Resources" features direct students to access intellectual property websites to gain familiarity with common resources used by legal professionals and to look up current information on ongoing cases, active discussions, and evolving trends.
  • Multiple class activities, including a realistic case study, questions for group discussion, and trivia questions, reinforce learning and encourage students to engage with the material for easier mastery.
  • Complete, comprehensive appendices that feature sample forms, agreements, charts, statutes, a table of treaties (showing which countries are signatories to IP-related treaties) and references to state trademark laws and provisions for all 50 states, provide useful, real-world tools and material to help students prepare for professional success.

Intellectual Property: The Law of Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, and Trade Secrets

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.
1. Introduction to Intellectual Property Law.
PART II: THE LAW OF TRADEMARKS.
2. Foundations of Trademark Law.
3. Trademark Selection and Searching.
4. The Trademark Registration Process.
5. Post-Registration Procedures, Trademark Maintenance, and Transfer of Rights to Marks.
6. Inter Partes Proceedings, Infringement, and Dilution.
7. New Developments in Trademark Law.
8. International Trademark Law.
PART III: THE LAW OF COPYRIGHT.
9. Foundations of Copyright Law.
10. The Subject Matter of Copyright.
11. The Rights Afforded by Copyright Law.
12. Copyright Ownership, Transfers, and Duration.
13. Copyright Registration, Searching, and Notice of Copyright.
14. Copyright Infringement.
15. New Developments in Copyright Law and the Semi-Conductor Chip Protection Act.
16. International Copyright Law.
PART IV: THE LAW OF PATENTS.
17. Foundations of Patent Law.
18. Patent Searches and Applications.
19. Patent Ownership and Transfer.
20. Patent Infringement.
21. New Developments and International Patent Law.
PART V: THE LAW OF TRADE SECRETS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION.
22. Trade Secrets Law.
23. Unfair Competition.
24. Intellectual Property Audits and Due Diligence Reviews.
APPENDICES (ONLINE ONLY).
Appendix A. Table of Treaties.
Appendix B. State Trademark Registration Provision.
Appendix C. Resources.
Appendix D. Forms Appendix.
Appendix E. Selected Statutes.
Appendix F. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: Summary and Discussion.

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