Although the law on infringement is relatively straightforward in relation to the
copying of literal and textual elements of software, it is the copying of non-literal
and functional elements that poses complex and topical questions in the context
of intellectual property (IP) protection. In many cases, it is these non-literal and
functional elements that contain the real value of a software product. This book
concerns the copying of non-literal and functional elements of software in both
the United States and European Union, using a holistic approach to address the
most topical questions facing experts concerned with legal protection of software
products across a range of technological platforms.
The book focuses on six distinct but interrelated areas: contract, copyright, patents,
trade-dress, designs and trade secrets, discussing these areas separately and in
relation to one another. The book discusses software as a multilayered functional
product, setting the scene for other legal discussions by highlighting software's
unique characteristics. It examines models for the provision of software, addressing
licensing patterns and overall enforceability, as well as the statutory and judicial
tools for regulating the use of such licences. It assesses the protection of non-literal
and functional software elements under EU and US laws, focusing on internal
architecture, interfaces, behavioural elements and GUIs.
Dr Noam Shemtov is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London. He has recently managed a team of researchers in a research project on Open Source licences funded by Microsoft. He is the LLM course convener for Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries at QMUL. He is the Director for specialist IP programmes: Certificate in Intellectual Property and the Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice. Noam is also a visiting lecturer at Univesidad de Alicante and at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He is a qualified solicitor both in the UK and in Israel.
PART I: CONTRACT LAW; PART II: COPYRIGHT; PART III: TRADE SECRETS; TRADE MARKS AND TRADE DRESS PROTECTION