Véron & Associés, a French patent litigation firm, maintains a database of French patent court opinions translated into English. The judgments are from Parisian district courts, court of appeals, and the Cour de Cassation. Years of coverage are 2001 through 2012. The quality of the translations is excellent, preserving the substance of the legal holdings without sacrificing readability. They also provide copies of the original French language opinions.
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.