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.
InformáticaJurídica.com is a foreign law portal focusing mainly on Internet law, privacy, and intellectual property issues. It provides citations to statutes from hundreds of countries. It also posts selected full-text statutes and case law in the vernacular, principally from Latin American and European countries. The site also contains a bibliography of Spanish and English language secondary literature, a list of past and future conferences and meetings, and links (click on directorio). Site navigation is entirely in Spanish.
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.
Last month, China’s State Council issued a National Intellectual Property Strategy designed to guide policy through 2020. Time will tell if IP strategic plans are more useful than the 5 year economic plans issued by the central government. In any case, the document lists the government’s strategic goals and measures to implement those goals.
National Intellectual Property Strategy (June 5, 2008)
Juriscom.net and Le Forum des droits sur l’internet provide timely access to full-text or synopses of information technology, Internet and IP law decisions from French (and occasionally Belgium) courts, including courts of first instance, courts of appeals and the Court of Cassation. Le forum des droits sur l’internet adds keywords to all decisions, thereby facilitating subject access to the case law. Both sites also offer news reports and articles. All materials are available in French only. Merci beaucoup to our friends in France for making this case law available to us free of charge.
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.