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Rights in data handbook 2013 – a global guide to protecting IP in data and databases


The value of data and databases to business is undeniable and continues to increase. As a result the laws which enable data to be protected and exploited are crucial to many industries, from horseracing to financial services. Nonetheless, while much has been written about the neighbouring area of data privacy/data protection, the issue of IP rights in data and databases has traditionally received almost no attention.

This guide sets out an overview of the IP and related rights affecting data and databases in key global jurisdictions. The handbook provides a high-level summary, with links to relevant sources, of the different types of protection which are available. For each jurisdiction, the guide considers three categories of database which may benefit from protection: original databases, databases in which investment has been made, and confidential databases.

For the full handbook, click 'View Briefing'.

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