Introduction to patents
Patents seem to be the least accessible and most complex area of intellectual property law. This lecture brings a sense of proportion to the patents field, and provides an essential starting point for students of this fascinating area of law.
Ownership of inventions and patents
This lecture covers two matters relating to patents as items of property: first of all ownership of patents and secondly dealings with patents – how patents are transferred and the rules governing licensing.
Patent infringement and defences
When is a patent infringed, and what defences are available to a potential infringer? In this lecture we consider section 60 of the Patents Act 1977 and look briefly at how the courts interpret patent claims.
The rules that govern what can be patented are key to the protection of inventions. This lecture reviews the four criteria for patent protection, laying the groundwork for a more detailed study of the subject and leading into other aspects of patent law.
A run-through of the four moral rights protected under UK copyright law. In addition to the paternity right and integrity right, required by the Berne Convention, this lecture explains the right against false attribution of authorship and the right to privacy in certain photographs and films. The statutory provisions and the case law are described […]
How English law has gone from rejecting actions for breach of privacy to recognising an important new right, based on the law on breach of confidence and the HRA 1998.
An introduction to the important area of passing-off law, which remains a crucial form of protection for goodwill alongside registered trade mark protection.