European Intellectual Property Law: Text, Cases and Materials

Edward Elgar Publishing
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'This clearly-written and comprehensive text, by two leading scholars of European intellectual property law, is extremely adaptable. It is a perfect platform for classroom teaching, and is also a fine resource for those researching in what is becoming
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Publisher
Edward Elgar Publishing
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Published on
Jan 1, 2013
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Pages
608
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ISBN
9781781953648
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Language
English
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Genres
Law / General
Law / Intellectual Property / General
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