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It would be ideal if there were one universal set of laws, rules and procedures governing the protection of intellectual property. But, while the efforts of many dedicated individuals have accomplished much in harmonising intellectual property protection, we remain defined as much by our differences as by what we have in common. It therefore is incumbent on all of us, as advisers to our clients, to be conversant with the individual practices in each of the economically significant countries.
The goal of this review is to provide that guidance. We have assembled a body of leading practitioners to explain the opportunities for intellectual property protection in their respective jurisdictions, together with the most significant recent developments and any aspects that are unique to their country. While we have striven to make the book both accurate and comprehensive, we must note that it is necessarily a summary and overview, and we strongly recommend that the reader seek the advice of experienced advisers for application of the principles contained in this review to any specific matter.
Reflecting on the past two editions of this review, we have seen the radical reshaping of US patent law under the America Invents Act, steady progress towards harmonisation of patent rights in Europe with a Unified Patent Court, and continued development and enforcement of patent rights in China. The authors of each chapter will highlight these and other notable developments in their respective countries. This third edition demonstrates the need for annual reviews of intellectual property on a global scale to remain current for our clients.