Data, in its raw or unstructured form, has become an important and valuable economic asset, lending it the sobriquet of 'the oil of the twenty-first century'. Clearly, as intellectual property, raw data must be legally defined if not somehow protected to ensure that its access and re-use can be subject to legal relations. As legislators struggle to develop a settled legal regime in this complex area, this indispensable handbook will offer a careful and dedicated analysis of the legal instruments and remedies, both existing and potential, that provide such protection across a wide variety of national legal systems.
Produced under the auspices of the International Association for the Protection of International Property (AIPPI), more than forty of the association's specialists from twenty-three countries worldwide contribute national chapters on the relevant law in their respective jurisdictions. The contributions thoroughly explain how each country approaches such crucial matters as the following:
if there is any intellectual property right available to protect raw data;
the nature of such intellectual property rights that exist in unstructured data;
contracts on data and which legal boundaries stand in the way of contract drafting;
liability for data products or services; and
questions of international private law and cross-border portability.
Each country's rules concerning specific forms of data - such as data embedded in household appliances and consumer goods, criminal offence data, data relating to human genetics, tax and bank secrecy, medical records, and clinical trial data - are described, drawing on legislation, regulation, and case law.
A matchless legal resource on one of the most important raw materials of the twenty-first century, this book provides corporate counsel, practitioners and policymakers working in the field of intellectual property rights, and concerned academics with both a broad-based global overview on emerging legal strategies in the protection of unstructured data and the latest information on existing legislation and regulation in the area.