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A Dictionary of Intellectual Property Law

Peter Groves, Solicitor, Consultant to CJ Jones Solicitors LLP, London and author of the IPso Jure blog (www.ipsojure.co.uk)
Intellectual property has a vast, perplexing and diverse vocabulary, and this enriching Dictionary provides a starting point for understanding new concepts and crafting precise definitions to meet the needs of a particular case. Not only are new words and phrases being coined as technology changes and the law follows, but also the international scope of intellectual property means that IP lawyers will encounter foreign words and phrases.

Extent: 352 pp
Hardback Price: £116.00 Web: £104.40
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84980 777 7
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Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 0 85793 519 9
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Intellectual property has a vast, perplexing and diverse vocabulary, and this enriching Dictionary provides a starting point for understanding new concepts and crafting precise definitions to meet the needs of a particular case. Not only are new words and phrases being coined as technology changes and the law follows, but also the international scope of intellectual property means that IP lawyers will encounter foreign words and phrases.

With over 1000 expressions defined clearly and entertainingly, this book should be the first reference point to understanding intellectual property terminology. It will be particularly helpful to practitioners when they encounter expressions they have not seen before which they need to understand the true meaning and definition of. Students finding unfamiliar terminology and concepts will also appreciate the instant explanation available from this essential resource.
‘This book is unique in this reviewer's experience of reference books: it is highly informative, written in an easy-to-understand style, clearly presented and extremely funny . . . An excellent contribution to the understanding of a complex legal topic. Well worth the money for any large public library, academic library serving law, engineering, business, commerce or the creative arts and a must for any legal library.’
– Graham P. Cornish, Reference Reviews

‘Mr Groves has produced a Dictionary that will serve fellow practitioners, analysts, and scholars as a practical tool, as a comprehensive and reasonably reliable reference. It is admirably in touch with current developments, and covers an impressive range of topics within the compass of IP. . . Mr Groves writes in a clear, direct, and concise manner that is sorely missed in much of the contemporary verbal effluvium on IP. It offers neat, serviceable, and quotable definitions of many terms, in some cases broadening into full doctrinal exposition. . . So it is a handy reference, but the Dictionary also offers reflections and insights into the contemporary interplay between law, language, and policy that makes IP a field of continuing fascination and debate.’
– Antony Taubman, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice

‘I want to encourage you to buy this book. . . it is evidently a labour of love, hugely useful and instructive. The production values of the book are high, pleasant layout, with a particularly clear typeface. . . I know I shall want to hang on to my review copy and dip and dip again.’
– Tibor Gold, Chartered Institute of Patent Agents Journal

‘This book is unique in this reviewer’s experience of reference books: it is highly informative, written in an easy-to-understand style, clearly presented and extremely funny!! The author has ranged far and wide in terms of topic and scope to make a very useful collection of short entries that cover this very extensive topic in a limited number of pages. . . this book will make any diligent researcher smile (I guarantee it). Groves uses humour to help the user become familiar with unfamiliar terms and the technique is one that others might follow with benefit. . . An excellent contribution to the understanding of a complex legal topic. Well worth the money for any large public library, academic library serving law, engineering, business, commerce or the creative arts and a must for any legal library.’
– Graham P. Cornish, Managing Information

‘In A Dictionary of Intellectual Property Law Peter Groves, a solicitor from London, has created a 336-page book of virtually every term of importance in the field. . . [it] will be helpful to both practitioners and students who need to understand the specific meaning of a concept or term in the field of intellectual property law. As such, it would be an ideal addition to both law firm and academic law libraries.’
– Alicia Brillon, American Reference Books Annual 2012

‘An entertaining legal dictionary with a difference.’
– BabyBarista website

‘Intellectual property has a vast, perplexing and diverse vocabulary, and this enriching Dictionary provides a starting point for understanding new concepts and crafting precise definitions to meet the needs of a particular case. . . well worth a read.’
– IPKat

‘Dr Groves set himself the monumental task of assembling a work that would be both a dictionary of the most important terms in intellectual property law and a ready resource for IP students and practitioners worldwide. He has succeeded admirably: his book not only covers the field but also glitters with unexpected delights (the entry on “goodwill” is a must-read). This compendium is essential for the desktop (or laptop) of anyone whose work involves intellectual property.’
– Robert C. Cumbow, Graham & Dunn PC, US

‘Confused between community patent review and community patents? Lost in a thicket of dockets, rocket or otherwise? Let Peter Groves’ Dictionary of Intellectual Property Law be your guide. Filling almost 500 often lighthearted, occasionally acerbic, but invariably fact-packed pages, the book takes you from the ActionAid Chip and the Air Pirates case through BIRPI, Cognating, Dockets, Evergreening; Jepson, Pedrick’s cat and Simkins; PHOSITA, Trundlehumpers, the verb “to Uncopyright” and X-Patents, all the way to Zwart maken. Essential reading.’
– David Musker, Partner, RGC Jenkins & Co.

‘Do not be put off by the word “dictionary”. This is a fascinating, witty and erudite little volume, packed with interesting and useful information on the whole gamut of intellectual property. It leaves one (this one anyway) hungering for more and wanting to delve more deeply into fields that have nothing to do with earning one’s daily bread.’
– Tony McStea, Senior Patent Attorney, Global Patents, Givaudan Schweiz AG

‘This work is splendid. As an intellectual property litigator I ask, “why did no-one do it before”? Was it for lack of the creative idea, or did no-one have the diligence and erudition of Peter Groves to perfect it? And now that it has been done, we will wonder how we managed without it.’
– Jonathan Turner, Barrister
Contents: Preface Dictionary of Intellectual Property Law