A Review of Basics of International Intellectual Property Law by G. Gregory Letterman
96 Am. J. International Law 725 (2002)
8 Pages Posted: 30 May 2017
Date Written: 2002
In addition to providing a review of Letterman's work, this article provides an introduction to the complexities of international intellectual property protection in the post-TRIPS world to better analyze Letterman’s Basics of International Intellectual Property Law. Recognizing that trying to define the parameters and meaning of international intellectual property (IP) protection in the twenty-first century is “like trying to cross quicksand,” the reviewer finds that Gregory Letterman, in his book Basics of International Intellectual Property Law, has wisely chosen not to provide an all-inclusive look at the “complex, and rapidly expanding, field of international studies.” Instead, he has written what is essentially a road map, outlining the major treaties and issues and supplying the text of the more significant multinational agreements. Written in clear, concise language, the information in Letterman's book is readily accessible to the novice in the field of IP. While the reviewer finds that Letterman's book is a good introduction to the labyrinthine world of intellectual property rights and their defense, she criticizes its emphasis and scope coverage: “I would have spent more time discussing TRIPS, the EU, the technology challenge, and the cultural heritage debate, since I believe these topics will continue to inform future debates and trends.” But ultimately she opines that Letterman's work should serve as a handy reference and a valuable guide to those who take their first steps into this complex area.
Keywords: TRIPS, International Intellectual Property, Harmonization Processes, Review, Letterman
JEL Classification: K33, K10
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