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The Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Outer Space Activities

Tosaporn Leepuengtham

This book considers the intellectual property issues which are raised by space activities. While outer space itself remains out of reach for most of us, the results of space activities and developments from space technology are becoming ever-more integrated in our daily lives. Despite this, there is often little understanding of the importance of space technologies, how existing legal rules may apply in terms of protecting the technology, or whether legal protection, such as copyright, may be enforced if the unauthorised use takes place beyond conventional territorial borders in outer space.
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Outline of the book


1.    International space law and its implications for outer space activities

1. Space activities

2. The definition and delimitation of outer space

3. An overview of international space law

4. Fundamental principles of international space law

5. The application of the province of all mankind and the common heritage of mankind principles to outer space activities

6. Conclusion

2.    International intellectual property rights instruments and their implications for outer space activities

1. International intellectual property rights instruments

2. The application of intellectual property rights to space activities

3. Implications of the fundamental principles in international intellectual property rights instruments for outer space activities

4. The impact of some international principles on patent protection in outer space

5. The impact of enforcement procedures obligations in outer space activities

6. Conclusion

3.    Patents in outer space

1. Patentability

2. Ownership

3. Joint invention

4. Infringement

5. Exceptions to infringement

6. International Space Station

7. Conclusion

4.    The application of copyright law to outer space activities

1. Subject matter

2. Requirements

3. Ownership

4. Employer/employee

5. Joint authors or co-authors

6. Qualifying conditions

7. Duration

8. Infringement

9. Exceptions

10. Conclusion

5.    Intellectual property rights and private international law

1. Jurisdiction

2. Choice of law

3. Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments

4. Conclusion

6.    Conclusion