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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law 6th ed isbn 9781780431246

Legal Protection of Computer Software 5th ed


ISBN13: 9781845924508
New Edition ISBN: 9781780431246
Previous Edition ISBN: 0406921849
Published: February 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



Previously entitled Software Copyright Law, this new fifth edition addresses all of the issues that concern those involved in the development and exploitation of computer software.

The book explains and critiques the protection of computer software by intellectual property laws in the UK and under EU Directives, and at the European Patent Office. Areas of law covered include:

  • Copyright;
  • Database right;
  • Design Rights;
  • Law of confidence;
  • Patents;
  • Trade marks;
Significantly reworked and updated, this book provides practical guidance and workable policies and solutions, along with coverage of all the latest legislative changes, including:
  • The Directive on aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society;
  • Key cases on non-textual copying of computer programmes;
  • Significant developments on the patentability of software inventions at the EPO;
  • Harmonisation of design law and the introduction of community design making it possible to protect computer graphics and icons by registration as designs;
  • Developments in competition law;
  • Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003 and the significant changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988;
  • Changes to the European Patent Convention on the meaning of invention (December 2007) impacts on software inventions;

Subjects:
Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law
Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction to the legal protection of computer software
Chapter 2: The essentials of copyright law
Chapter 3: Copyright and computer programmes
Chapter 4: Non-textual copying of computer programmes
Chapter 5: Copyright in databases
Chapter 6: Database right
Chapter 7: Copyright in the information society
Chapter 8: Protection of computer graphics
Chapter 9: The essentials of patent law
Chapter 10: Patents and computer software
Chapter 11: Confidentiality and software
Chapter 12: Competition law and computer software
Appendices: EU Directives 91/250/EC, 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC