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IP Law Quick Start
Intellectual property materials can be found in a number of different areas of the Bodleian Law Library, depending on the jurisdiction you are interested in. English IP law is in the main Reading Room shelf marks KN111 to KN118. International IP law should be in the International section on the Gallery floor, while multi-jurisdictional or comparative texts are usually found in the General section in the wing, just off the Main Reading Room. We also now have access to materials from the OIPRC (Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre) collection, which had previously been housed at St Peter's College. Most of these materials can be found in the rolling cases on the ground floor on the far left-hand side.
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