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Author: Rogier de Vrey
The main aim of this book is to discuss the state of unfair competition law in the European Union. In this respect, the various efforts that have been made in the past to come to harmonization of this area of law and the reasons that they were only partially successful are reviewed. In addition, the International and European regulations that refer to unfair competition, like, e.g., the Paris Convention, the TRIPs and the recent 2004 Unfair Commercial Practices Directive are discussed. Also an overview is given of the unfair competition laws in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands with respect to the ‘problem-areas’ of slavish imitation, misleading advertising, denigrating one’s competitor, trade secrets and finally, misappropriation of valuable trade assets.

Unfair competition law is traditionally considered part of intellectual property law. Not only the relation of unfair competition law to intellectual property laws are therefore part of the discussion but also the areas of consumer protection law (since unfair competition law is partly orientated towards consumer protection) and competition (as an economic concept) is the topic of thorough review.
The originality of this work lies in its in-depth consideration of practical, procedural problems related to transnational arbitration in extra-contractual situations. Particular attention is given to voluntary and forced intervention, and to consolidation, co-ordination or suspension of related arbitration proceedings. Those concerned with restitution of cultural property and the effective use of arbitration in non-contractual disputes will find this book a valuable resource

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.
This basic guide to intellectual property law, from the point of view of international commerce, clearly demarcates the ground on which any contract involving intellectual property must be based. It describes and analyzes the legally valid guidelines by which any commercial entity may:

facilitate the sale of a protected product in foreign markets;
prevent the use of protected property by competitors at home and abroad; and
forestall the manufacture abroad of identical or misleadingly similar items.
The author considers both the variety of national requirements and the international intellectual property regime that is now in place under the WTO/GATT, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and multilateral treaties. In connection with both technology and proprietary information, emphasis is on the need to determine, on a country-by-country basis:


which "ideas" are subject to intellectual property protection;
which "persons" can seek and obtain intellectual property protection;
which special use permits may apply; and
which technical requirements must be met.
Basics of International Intellectual Property Law is a fundamental resource for any business person or counsel considering entry into foreign markets. The information and guidance it provides is easy to understand and use, and will help any cross-border business venture to proceed smoothly and successfully.



Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.
Author: Susan Meek
Asset securitization across borders offers not only increased opportunities, but also increased risk for those structuring financing packages. Lawyers and accountants examine the basis for using asset securitization, basic elements and "players" in the asset securitization process, implementation of such new assets as intellectual property rights bonds, Bowie bonds, Rod Stewart bonds, and James Bond bonds, and the impact of European monetary union.

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.