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Intellectual property

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

From idea to profit: how to market innovative products and services

Current thinking and practice in business marketing.

Good small business guide: how to start and grow your own business

A practical guide for anyone interested in starting a business.

Intellectual property, finance and corporate governance

This book advances Intellectual Property reporting in alignment with the key corporate governance principles of transparency and disclosure. It analyses the juncture between the IP ecosystem; corporate finance and accounting for intangibles; and corporate governance.

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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Case law: Need for trade mark owners to urgently review trade mark registrations recedes following full European Court ruling


Trade mark owners should consider whether they still need to review their trade mark registrations to ensure the specifications in their registrations are sufficiently precise and clear, and that there is an intention to use each mark in relation to all the goods and services specified in the registration, now that the CJEU has failed to follow its Advocate General’s initial opinion that they should.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Tech M&A: 10 key IP considerations for investors

Article give ten tips for investors on due diligence into a target's Intellectual Property (IP).

Barbarians at the gate: AI and copyright on a collision course

Article looks at how AI and machine learning in competitive intelligence and customer insights applications are on a collision course with copyright law and the content publishing industry.

Why mediation's time has come

Courts are putting increasing pressure on litigants to settle out of court. But are IP owners (and their legal advisers) ready to rethink their dispute resolution strategies?

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Useful links


Intellectual Property: Law and Practice (GOV.UK)
Consolidated list of intellectual property laws and regulations. Covers trade marks, patents, designs, and copyright.

Intellectual Property Act 2014
The full text of the Act, as originally enacted in May 2014.

The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on IP law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.


Copyright Licensing Agency
UK body representing authors, publishers and artists that looks after the rights of copyright owners and provides licenses (for a fee) for legal copying of copyright material.

European Patent Office
Information on applying for patents and a directory of national patent offices.

Intellectual Property Office
Government centre for UK intellectual property with resources for copyright, designs, patents and trade marks. The organisation offers workshops, guidance and searchable patents, trade marks and designs databases.

International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)
The website provides information on international copyright legislation, publications and a directory of member organisations.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Body concerned with international cooperation, agreements and treaties concerning intellectual property

Guides and other resources

Intellectual Asset Management
Bimonthly magazine covering business issues in intellectual property management. It also produces a yearbook of international legislation and articles.

Business and IP Centre
The British Library's Business and IP Centre offers factsheets on patents, trade marks, copyright and registered designs, guidance on international patents and training.

IPR Helpdesk
A large archive of documentation, guidance and support on intellectual property rights (IPR) issues. The website focuses particularly on the European Patent Office, and provides information on the differences in IPR law and practice within EU member states.

IP protection abroad: Country guides (GOV.UK)
Guidance on protecting and enforcing IP rights in several key markets around the world produced by the Intellectual Property Office. Individual guides cover Brazil, China, India, Korea, the US and Vietnam.

Thomson CompuMark
Products and services from Thomson Reuters for searching, screening and tracking trademarks, designs, domain names and patents.

Atom Content Marketing guides

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