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Licensing and selling. trade secrets, "know how", novel ideas and themes for television series are rapidly increasing, not only in their own right but as an aspect of commercial link ups in national and international markets. The basis is the law of confidence built up from the many complicated and often indeterminate fact-situations found in American and English case law.
This is the first book which systematically analyses and classifies these cases. The law is much the same in Britain and America, and the author having practised at the Patent Bars of both London and New York has been able to deal with cases from both sides of the Atlantic in separate parallel chapters, using for each the appropriate style, jargon and spelling.
Trade secrets that have come before the courts, from industrial "know-how" pro¬cedures to slogans for advertising, are classified. The confidence relationship between discloser and disclosee of secret matter is analysed, and its differing essentials in the two countries distinguished. The book also dis¬cusses the problematical liabilities of others than the parties confidentially bound-commercial competitors, consultants and employees.
The varying effects of secrecy on the rights of the parties to a licence in different industries are fully set out. Methods of exploitation, exchange and cross-licensing of "know-how" relating to patents are described. The appen¬dices give recommended procedures for disclosing secret matter and ideas, and contain a full trade secret licence precedent adapted alternatively for use with or without licensing of allied patents. Commonwealth cases are set out and fully commented on in an appendix which is closely correlated to the text of the English law sections of the book.
Here for the first time the lawyer, patent agent and business man has assembled for him all the case law that is available to help him solve the increasing number of his problems on this subject.
Price in U.K. 6 gns. net