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Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software:

A Global Guide to Rights and Their Applications 
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Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software
Consulting editor: Nicholas Fox - Simmons & Simmons LLP
Publication date: August 2013
Format: Hardback
Length: 400 pages
Price: £130.00
ISBN: 9781905783960

The software, communications and electronics markets are among the most innovative and competitive industries in the world.  Robust competition means that developers and manufacturers of software, mobile phones, gaming devices, computers, digital cameras and other consumer electronics and appliances must leverage their IP rights to sustain competitive advantage. However, this can be difficult, as much innovation takes place at the intersection of patent, design and copyright law; and although much law is harmonised, there are still significant national variations both in law and in practice.

Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software is a title designed to provide practical guidance on the IP issues affecting companies working in this area. A unique compendium, it addresses the key issues of IP law in the major jurisdictions worldwide where software and electronics are developed and sold as they impact on software and electronics companies.

Topics covered include the challenges of obtaining protection; software protection and the limits of patentability; patent strategy, including approaches to patent drafting to maximise protection; standards setting and reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing; open source software; and other forms of protection such as unfair competition and design rights.

Written by a team of leading specialists in IP law, the book serves as an invaluable guide to navigating the complex and overlapping rights which protect  innovation in this field.


The result is a very clear, precise, concise, carefully researched, well written and authoritative publication. It provides a very well thought [out] guide to the most relevant issues faced when dealing with intellectual property protection of electronics and software.

Gaetano Dimita

An extremely handy book for IP practitioners since it discusses the most useful and the hottest IP issues relevant in the field. As a patent litigator from China, I found the chapter for China accurate and helpful and I became more familiar with IP protection and enforcement in other jurisdictions.

Simon Xu
Fangda Partners

An invaluable guide

Journal of Intellectual Property Rights (JIPR)

Practitioners advising clients involved in the multi-faceted IT industry -- which ranks among the world's most innovative and volatile -- will certainly welcome the detailed and expert IP advice contained in this carefully researched and authoritative book.

Phillip Taylor
Richmond Green Chambers