The Cambridge Handbook of International and Comparative Trademark Law

The Cambridge Handbook of International and Comparative Trademark Law


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Trade in goods and services has historically resisted territorial confinement, but trademark protection remains territorial, albeit within an increasingly important framework of multilateral treaties. Trademark law therefore demands that practitioners, policy-makers and academics understand principles of international and comparative law. This handbook assists in that endeavor, with chapters describing and critically analyzing international and regional frameworks, and providing comparative perspectives on the substantive issues in trademark law and related fields, such as geographic indications, advertising law, and domain names. Chapters contrast common law and civil law approaches while focusing on the US and EU trademark systems in light of the role these systems have played in the development of trademark laws. Additionally, this handbook covers other jurisdictions, both common law and civil law, on the Asia-Pacific, African, and South American continents. This work should be read by anyone seeking a better understanding of trademark law around the world.


Civil Law | Common Law | Comparative and Foreign Law | Dispute Resolution and Arbitration | European Law | Intellectual Property Law | International Law | International Trade Law | Law | Legal History




Cambridge University Press


New York, NY


"With brands assuming ever greater importance and value in the global market, this work is a much needed, comprehensive and insightful contribution from leading global experts."
Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization

"Trademark law, and its policy underpinnings, are experiencing an unprecedented period of dynamism and diversity; this substantial volume meets the consequent need for an authoritative and systematic survey of this brisk evolution, internationally and in key national jurisdictions."
Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division, World Trade Organization

"All regions of the world continue to promote brand protection to enhance the value of goods and services for economic development. This book is a remarkable resource for diverse stakeholders, including users, policy makers, lawyers and academics."
Fernando dos Santos, Director General, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

"Just from looking at the table of contents - and, even more, the list of contributors - one knows that this is a must-read book for anyone practicing or writing in the field of trade mark law."
Sir Robin Jacob, Hugh Laddie Professor of IP Law, University College London

Comprising a pantheon of leading specialists on trademark law from around the world, this Handbook is by far the most comprehensive and important collection of commentary on international and comparative trademark law yet produced."
Barton Beebe, John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law, NYU School of Law

"A truly useful resource for lawyers, policy makers and academics, this volume offers a highly relevant and up-to-date collection in the field. The editors have assembled a stellar group of authors, who masterfully discuss complex issues from many jurisdictions."
Alexander von Mühlendahl, Attorney-at-Law, Bardehle Pagenberg, and Visiting Professor, Queen Mary University of London


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