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Industrial & Intellectual Property Law: IALS Library Guides

An introduction to the Library's holdings on industrial and intellectual property law

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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Industrial and Intellectual Property Law. Please consult the Library Catalogue and the List of Current Serials for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.

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Katherine Read, August 2020 (currently being updated)

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This guide was created by Katherine Read, Principal Library Assistant at the IALS Library.


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Introduction to the Library Catalogue

This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on Industrial and Intellectual Property Law. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).

IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:

  • Older items (marked RES or Depository on the catalogue record) are kept in the closed basement.
  • Key texts for LLM students are often kept in the Short Loan collection.

Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk.

For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.

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The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH).  All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.

When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Library Enquiry Desk.

Comparative Industrial and Intellectual Property Law material is shelved at SB55.
Common Law Material is shelved at SJ325
Private International Law Material
is shelved at SH35
EU material
is shelved at GO1.A1.D.2


The following list represents a selection of textbooks on Industrial and Intellectual Property Law. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location. Titles marked as e-books may also be available in print. Access from home requires your IALS library barcode and your  family name.  E books with 'open access' status on the catalogue are available to all users of this guide. 

Anderman, S.    EU competition law and intellectual property rights; the regulation of innovation. 2nd ed. 2011

Annand, R. and Norman, H.   Blackstone's guide to the Trade Marks Act 1994. 1994

Aplin, T.   Copyright law in the digital society  2005

Aplin, T.   Intellectual property law: text, cases and materials.  3rd ed. 2017

Bainbridge D. Information technology and intellectual property law  7th ed. 2019

Bainbridge, D. Intellectual property.  8th ed. 2010

Bainbridge, D. Cases and materials in intellectual property 2nd ed. 1998

Bently, L & Sherman, B. Intellectual property law  5th ed. 2018

Brown, A. and others Contemporary intellectual property: law and policy 5th ed. 2019

Christie, A. & Gare, S.  Blackstone’s statutes on intellectual property  14th ed. 2018

Cornish, W.  Llewelyn, D. & Aplin, T.   Intellectual property: Patents copyright, trademarks and allied rights. 9th ed. 2019

Cornish, W.   Cases and materials on intellectual property. 5th ed. 2006

Copinger, W.A. Copinger and Skone James on copyright. 18th ed. 2021  Sweet & Maxwell (e-book)

Dreyfuss, Rochelle C. & Pila, J. The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property Law 2017  OUP (e-book)

Gervais, D.   The TRIPS agreement: drafting history and analysis. 4th ed. 2012

Holyoak, J. and Torremans, P.    Intellectual property law 7th ed. 2013

Kelleher, P. Life sciences and intellectual property:  law and practice   2020  Thomson Reuters (Sweet and Maxwell) (e-book)

Maniatis, S. & Mühlendahl, A.   Trade mark law in Europe: a practical jurisprudence.  3rd  ed. 2016

Matthews, D. & Zech, H.  Research handbook on intellectual property and the life sciences  2017  Elgar (e-book)

Mellor, J. and others   Kerly's law of trade marks. 16th ed. 2018  S & M (e-book)

Morcom, C. Modern law of trademarks 2016

Ricketson, S. & Ginsburg, J.   International copyright and neighbouring rights: the Berne convention and beyond.  2nd ed. 2006  2 vols.

Rosati, E.   Routledge handbook of EU copyright law   2021 Routledge (e-book)

Sterling, J.A.L.  Sterling on world copyright law  5th ed. 2018  S & M (e-book)

Stokes, S.    Art and copyright 3rd ed. 2021

Stokes, S.   Digital copyright law and practice 5th ed. 2019

Torremans, P.L.C.   Intellectual property and human rights  2008

Wadlow, C.   Law of passing off: unfair competition by misrepresentation  5th ed. 2016 (e-book)

Walter, M. & Van Lewinsky, S.   European copyright law: a commentary 2010


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IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on Industrial and Intellectual Property Law from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles. The following titles focus particularly on Industrial and Intellectual Property Law  but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.


European intellectual property review


Fleet Street reports


Information & communications technology law


Intellectual property journal


Intellectual property law bulletin


Intellectual property quarterly


Intellectual property reports


International review of intellectual property and competition law (IIC) 


Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.


Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society


Journal of world intellectual property


Reports of patent design and trade mark cases        


Texas intellectual property law journal


Tulane journal of technology and intellectual property


WIPO Magazine


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Legislation and law reports

If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning Industrial and Intellectual Property Law issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.

Consult the List of Serials and Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.

Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to the Electronic Law Library or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.

You may also find it useful to refer to our guides on finding Legislation and Cases or check to see if we have a Jurisdiction Research Guide for the country you are interested in.

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Free internet sources

Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on Intellectual Property Law.

A valuable free source is BAILII, the British and Irish Legal Information Institute which is based and maintained at IALS. It provides free access to full text UK judgments and legislation on a wide range of subjects including Intellectual Property Law and also links to other free World Law databases. Jurisdictions covered in these resources include Commonwealth countries eg. AustLII  (Australia) and CanLII (Canada), France, Germany, Italy, the USA and South Africa.

The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on Intellectual Property Law 


Cambridge University. Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law

European Patent Office

Globalex Guide to International Trademark Law ( by Vicenç Feliú). Updated April 2016

Oxford University. Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre

WIPO Lex. Full text access to IP legislation for jurisdictions which are WIPO members.


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