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EU Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Catherine Seville

Intellectual property remains not just economically significant, but also of daily importance to most businesses and individuals. The digital age brings many opportunities, but also presents continuing challenges to IP law, and the EU’s programme of harmonisation unfolds in this context. Taking account of numerous changes, the second edition of this accessible book offers a fully updated account of the law as it affects all the major rights, free movement and competition matters, and enforcement. It sets the substantive law in its policy context, and discusses potential reforms to this major area of EU law.
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Catherine Seville

In early February 2016, shortly after submitting the manuscript of this book, my friend and colleague, Catherine Seville, died at home, unexpectedly, at the age of 52. Her death deprives us of one of our foremost intellectual property scholars. Catherine’s father asked me to see her book through the press. Unsurprisingly, the manuscript was meticulously presented, as Catherine’s work always was. Apart from taking account of the entry into force of certain EU legislation, her text has been left exactly as she intended when it was submitted in December 2015. It has been a melancholy undertaking, but it was important that what were to all intents her final labours should see the light of day.

Roderick Munday

Peterhouse, Cambridge

13 July 2016