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Intellectual Property Law: IP Law

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Another Bodleian Libguide - written by colleague in the RSL - will help with technicalities of patents.


IP law: quick start

This is how the Law Society describes Intellectual Property Law:

"Intellectual property law provides a framework to protect the legal rights of writers, artists, inventors, traders and others. This protection may be by copyright over artistic works, by a registered patent in an invention or by a registered trademark for a sign such as a logo."

According to the Intellectual Property Office website, there are four different types of IP:

  • Patents - the way a product works
  • Designs - the look of a product or logo
  • Trademarks - signs or logos that distinguish a product
  • Copyright - applies to any recorded work

Holders of an Oxford Single Sign On can consult Halsbury's Laws of England on LexisLibrary (use link below) for an intense overview with links to key legislation and case law.

KZ on Level 2. This section has Halsbury's Laws of England , Halsbury's Statutes & SI, The Digest and the Current Law Statutes and Yearbook Services. Combined these would give an quick route to the leading primary sources and an excellent overview of the English law. if you don't have an Oxford SSO to use LexisLibrary or Westlaw, KZ is the ideal "quick start" section.

 Intellectual property monographs can be found in a number of different areas of the Bodleian Law Library.
If you are interested in

  • English IP law: Floor 2, shelf marks KN111 to KN118
  • International IP: Floor 3, shelf marks beginning Internat
  • European Union law: Floor 3 shelf marks beginning Euro Comm
  • Multi-jurisdictional/comparative studies: Floor 2, shelf marks General.
  • Foreign jurisdictions: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and USA monographs are shelved in the KN111 to KNI18 with cutters A8, C1, I5, N4, and U4 respectively on the third line of the shelf mark.
  • Foreign jurisdictions: individual European countries are on Level 3.
  • Foreign jurisdictions: remaining nations on Level 1.

The Law Bod now has some material from the former Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) collection, which had previously been housed at St Peter's College.

Most of these materials can be found in the rolling cases on Floor 0.


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