The Erich Pommer Institute in Potsdam, Germany maintains an online catalog of its library holdings related to German and EU media law, entertainment law or IP issues. The library catalog records are searchable by year, theme, and keyword. Very few full-text items are listed; however, it is a useful site for literature searches and collection development. Search interface is in German, but catalog entries include various languages.
The European Commission has created a Web site for citizens to learn about EU Internet law, e-commerce, privacy rights online, and copying digital content. Although not designed for attorneys, the site does link to the full-text of legislation and case law mentioned in the text.
Denis Borges Barbosa maintains a Web site devoted to intellectual property in Brazil. The site contains legislation, reports, PowerPoint presentations, digital books, bibliographies, and links. Most of the material is in Portuguese, but some English content is also available. Mr. Barbosa is an attorney in Rio de Janeiro who also teaches at various Brazilian universities. His site is a valuable introduction to IP law in Brazil. Obrigado Senhor Borges Barbosa.
The World Intellectual Property Organization and Cambridge University Press have recently published a handbook for professors to help develop international intellectual property law courses. There are chapters devoted to copyright, patent and trademarks, as well as content covering distance learning and skills training. The editors are all officials of WIPO; in fact Mr. Takagi is WIPO’s executive director.
Teaching of Intellectual Property: Principles and Methods.
Authors: Yo Takagi, Larry Allman & Mpazi A. Sinjela.
Intellectual property (IP) comprises not only the valuable economic assets of private firms, but also the social and cultural assets of society. The potential impact of intellectual property assets is so great that it is likely to have a considerable effect on national and international economic development in the future. Despite this, the area of IP education is relatively new to many academic institutions, and principles and methods in teaching IP are still evolving. Against this backdrop, a number of internationally renowned professors and practitioners share their teaching techniques in their particular fields of expertise, including what they consider should be taught in terms of coursework. The result is a valuable handbook for teachers and those wishing to get up to speed on international IP issues.