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This fully revised and updated edition of Intellectual Property Rights for Engineers, addresses recent developments in this 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), as well as confidential information. Irish then covers precisely who owns the rights and how their use is constrained by EC law, how to license or even litigate when necessary and, finally, strategic aspects for decision-making and management.