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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
  • Lexis@Library  
    OU members only. Halsbury's Laws of England for first point of entry to commentary, legislation and cases. Hard copy is in the Library at K1.
  • Darts-IP: a global intellectual property case law database
    OU Members only. The database covers cases involving patents, trademarks, and domain names. Darts-IP collects cases and court documents from major IP courts including Europe, Hong Kong, China, Brazil, and the United States.
    IMPORTANT: This database is only available to current members of the Oxford University Law Faculty (staff and students). The site requires personal access logins - please contact (from your Oxford University/Nexus email account) to arrange for one to be set up for you.

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