Intellectual Property,
6th Edition

Deborah E. Bouchoux

ISBN-13: 9780357767474
Copyright 2024 | Published
560 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

Master the complexities of modern intellectual property (IP) law with Bouchoux’ INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: THE LAW OF TRADEMARKS, COPYRIGHTS, PATENTS, AND TRADE SECRETS, 6E. Comprehensive yet reader-friendly, this edition addresses current trends and the latest developments in the field, including technological innovations, intellectual property in the digital age, the role of the Internet and the impact of the pandemic on IP. This edition provides sample agreements, forms, checklists of paralegal tasks and statutes to help you in practice. Updated case studies as well as excerpts of real cases highlight interesting issues, such as the ability to copyright the Batmobile or tattoos, the Google vs. Java battle or the suit against Stephen King. New learning features help you prepare for a successful career as a paralegal, while new activities reflect real business assignments to ensure you are ready for success in today's actual legal practice.


1. Introduction to Intellectual Property Law.
2. Foundations of Trademark Law.
3. Trademark Selection and Searching.
4. The Trademark Registration Process.
5. Post-Registration Procedures, Trademark Maintenance, and Transfer of Rights to Marks.
6. Inter Partes Proceedings, Infringement, and Dilution.
7. New Developments in Trademark Law.
8. International Trademark Law.
9. Foundations of Copyright Law.
10. The Subject Matter of Copyright.
11. The Rights Afforded by Copyright Law.
12. Copyright Ownership, Transfers, and Duration.
13. Copyright Registration, Searching, and Notice of Copyright.
14. Copyright Infringement.
15. New Developments in Copyright Law and the Semi-Conductor Chip Protection Act.
16. International Copyright Law.
17. Foundations of Patent Law.
18. Patent Searches and Applications.
19. Patent Ownership and Transfer.
20. Patent Infringement.
21. New Developments and International Patent Law.
22. Trade Secrets Law.
23. Unfair Competition.
24. Intellectual Property Audits and Due Diligence Reviews.
Appendix A. Table of Treaties.
Appendix B. State Trademark Registration Provision.
Appendix C. Resources.
Appendix D. Forms Appendix.
Appendix E. Selected Statutes.
Appendix F. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: Summary and Discussion.

  • Deborah E. Bouchoux

    Deborah E. Bouchoux, J.D., is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University, where she teaches a variety of topics in the paralegal studies program and serves on the program's advisory board. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California (inactive) and District of Columbia Bar (active). She has taught in a number of paralegal programs, including the University of San Diego paralegal program and the paralegal studies program at George Washington University. She is the author of eleven textbooks and several articles in national and local paralegal publications.

  • NEW CONTENT EXAMINES THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. New discussions demonstrate the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic specifically on trademark, copyright and patent office procedures.

  • NEW MATERIAL PRESENTS PENDING AND NEW LEGISLATION FOR TRADEMARKS, MUSIC AND E-COMMERCE. New treatment of the latest legislation addresses the Trademark Modernization Act and its new procedures to cancel trademark registrations as well as the Music Modernization Act with its updated copyright law for today's digital age. Students also examine pending legislative efforts to curb counterfeiting on e-commerce platforms.

  • NEW COVERGE EXAMINES TODAY'S COPYRIGHT LAWS AND CLAIMS. Students study the Copyright Office’s new "small claims" board that provides a more efficient, economical option to resolve small copyright disputes as opposed to federal court. In addition, students review proposals for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that reduce the copyright owners' need to monitor online infringements. A new "Social Media and Copyright Law" section also examines copyright issues facing social media users, including celebrities, and the copyright-ability of blog entries and social media posts.

  • UPDATES ADDRESS CUTTING-EDGE ISSUES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) PROTECTION. Engaging topics capture attention as students review IP protection for cannabis-related trademarks and patents. Readers also examine whether works created by artificial intelligence are copyrightable and patentable, and they study today's continuing efforts to deter piracy of IP content such as movies and music.

  • EXPANDED COVERAGE IN THIS EDITION ADDRESSES CHALLENGES TO PATENTS. This edition further prepares students for today's legal environment with increased emphasis on issues such as the challenges to patents brought under the America Invents Act.

  • NEW, INSIGHTFUL COVERAGE EXPLORES THE DEFEND TRADE SECRETS ACT. This edition examines the most significant change to trade secrets law in a generation with the Defend Trade Secrets Act, once again ensuring that this edition places today's most up to date resources in front of your students.

  • NEW CASES REFLECT RECENT HEADLINES IN TODAY'S NEWS. A new Matal v. Tam case examines if the Trademark Act's prohibition against disparaging marks violates the First Amendment. Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands reviews if copyright protection includes design features, while Castillo v. G&M Realty explores if a landlord is liable for whitewashing graffiti. A new Google v. Oracle case examines Google's copying 0.4 percent of Java's SE platform. The book also reviews developments in the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International U.S. Supreme Court case involving inventors and software patents.

  • NUMEROUS NEW EXERCISES HELP STUDENTS STRENGTHEN SKILL IN WORKING WITH CALENDARS AND DOCKETS. This edition provides addition and ample opportunities for your students to hone essential skills as they work with calendars and dockets. This valuable practice helps ensure they can correctly calculate intellectual property dates, just as they would be required to do on the job.

  • ALL-NEW DISCUSSION, RESOURCES, ACTIVITIES AND CASE STUDIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS ENGAGE STUDENTS WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN IP. Students review what they've learned and apply their knowledge and skills in practical ways as they master course material with new discussion questions, internet resource questions, trivia features, case studies and activities. New case illustrations offer briefs of interesting intellectual property-related cases, such as infringement suits against Jack Daniel’s and author Stephen King.

  • ADDITIONAL NEW CASES EXPLORE THE LATEST DEVLEOPMENTS IN PATENT LAWS. New, intriguing cases explore patent applications, ownership and infringement. Students review the latest developments and examine aspects of international patent law.

  • THIS COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW EXPLORES THE FOUR FIELDS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW. This valued resource guides your students through examining trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. Timely content reviews essential concepts and highlights practical tools and examples with meaningful activities to support learning and skill development.

  • "ETHICS EDGE" FEATURES HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF ETHICAL ACTION IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. These engaging features in every chapter help students appreciate the complexities and ramifications of the situations they will encounter as working paralegals. These thought-provoking scenarios reinforce the importance of ethical action as a standard within professional practice.

  • "INTERNET RESOURCES" HIGHLIGHT VALUABLE, TRUSTED WEBSITES USED BY LEGAL PROFESSIONALS. This helpful feature guides students in exploring intellectual property websites. Readers become familiar with popular, important online resources used by legal professionals. They also learn how to look up current information related to ongoing cases, active discussions and evolving trends.

  • MULTIPLE CLASS ACTIVITIES KEEP STUDENTS ENGAGED AND WORKING TOGETHER. Proven activities within this edition include a realistic case study in each chapter and meaningful questions for group discussion. These activities are designed to reinforce learning and encourage students to explore the material on a deeper level as they master key concepts and skills.

  • "USING INTERNET RESOURCES" FEATURE GUIDES STUDENT IN USING ONLINE, PROFESSIONAL LEGAL RESOURCES. This feature in each chapter directs students in using internet resources as they would "on the job." Students use these resources to determine filing fees; locate trademarks, copyrights, and patents; and answer other real-world questions. Students become familiar with a wide range of helpful online IP sources that will be value in real practice.

  • "PUTTING IT INTO WORDS" FEATURES HELP STUDENTS STRENGTHEN IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION SKILLS. These valuable features in every chapter prompt students to draft letters and write other types of typical legal communication. All activities are designed to reinforce writing skills across the curriculum.

  • REVISED CONTENT FOCUSES ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WITHIN IP FIELDS. Discussions throughout this edition highlight the increasing number of women inventors and focus on efforts to increase participation in IP by marginalized groups. Updates also review whether slogans such as "Black Lives Matter" can be registered as trademarks.

  • COMPLETE, COMPREHENSIVE APPENDICES FEATURE HELPFUL FORMS, CHARTS AND OTHER REFERENCE MATERIALS. This edition's appendices serve as invaluable ongoing sources for reference and include sample forms, agreements, charts and statutes as well as a table of treaties that shows which countries are signatories to IP-related treaties. The appendices also reference state trademark laws and provisions for all 50 states. Students can use these real-world tools and materials to prepare for professional success.

  • THOROUGH INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL PROVIDES TIME-SAVING RESOURCES. This edition's updated Instructor's Manual provides answers to all questions posed in chapters as well as helpful outlines of each chapter for you to use for quick reference when lecturing. In addition, this edition offers a comprehensive Test Bank with answers to assist in checking student comprehension.

  • INSTRUCTOR COMPANION WEBSITE PROVIDES ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR TEACHING AND GRADING. This edition's updated Instructor's Companion Website includes a digital version of the full Instructor's Manual as well as resources for student review and classroom presentation.

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