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G. Gregory Letterman

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.



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G. Gregory Letterman

Identifying the relevant multilateral institutions and multinational organizations involved in particular aspects of international finance and trade often proves to be difficult. This book makes that process easy while providing valuable descriptions of and insights into those institutions and organizations. Chapter topics examine multilateral institutions and organizations:



• generally and their major umbrella organization—the United Nations;

• concerned with national currencies, national solvency, financial institutions and securities exchange, and international financial transactions and securities;

• promoting economic development;

• regulating international trade;

• dealing with international product and performance standards, standardized legal commercial rules, and common usages and documents through international conventions and treaties, the harmonization of national commercial laws, and accepted sectoral practices;

• protecting international intellectual property rights;

• managing international environmental, commodities, and natural resources matters;

• resolving international disputes; and

• involved with other international finance and trade matters.

No other book now in print covers this topic. None is likely to ever do so with such thoroughness and clarity.


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G. Gregory Letterman

Although customs and tariffs operate from a national perspective, it is the overarching international structure of classification, valuation, etc. that is imposed upon the national schemes that provide international customs and tariffs with a comprehensible global consistency whose understanding is of great importance for those dealing in international commerce.

It is this global scheme of customs and tariffs laws and practices that the author describes so thoroughly and well. Having mapped out for the reader that global scheme, he then describes the many types of variances and exemptions from the global scheme that must be understood as well.

Basic Guide to International Customs and Tariffs provides a highly readable description of its subject and a unique global perspective not encountered in other books dealing with the same topic.



Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.