Intellectual property legislation from around the world

A work in progress, works cited under development.

This article takes a brief overview of the various legislation implemented around the world to protect and to benefit rights holders and to hold accountable rights infringers of intellectual property.  The legislation presented is non-exhaustive, but provides an overview of existing legislation and some of their key differences.

International

TRIPS

WIPO Treaties

Patent Law Treaty

ACTA

Regional

Directive 2001/29/EC

Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002, SI 2002/2013

European Community Trademark Act

European Patent Convention

National

United Kingdom – Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1989, Trade Marks Act of 1994, Patents Act 1977

United States – Copyright Act of 1976, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Lanham Act, Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006, Patent Act of 1952, American Inventors Protection Act

China – Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China, Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China, Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China

A key harmonizing factor in all of the legislation regarding intellectual property is the implementation of various international treaties and accession to various international and intergovernmental organizations.  This factor makes the protection and infringement of intellectual property rights streamlined, efficient, and possible to deal with worldwide, though such protection and infringement handling does not come without a hefty cost.

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