Patent, Copyright, Trade Secret, Right of Publicity, Trademark Handbook for Maryland Business and Litigation Lawyers by Brian Higgins, Peter Gunst, Dempsey Nash, Lawrence Sung, Eric Easton, Ned Himmelrich, Julie Rubin, and James Astrachan (editor), MSBA, 2013
Though some might say my opinion is biased and shamelessly self-promoting, the Handbook of intellectual property law you see to the right is as useful a reference book as there ever was. Okay, maybe not as useful as, say, the Dictionary, but where else will you find in a single bound reference a comprehensive, up-to-date, and fully-cited treatment of the current state of federal and Maryland intellectual property law?
According to the publisher, the Handbook was conceived to serve the needs of business lawyers and litigators, specifically lawyers who sometimes counsel businesses or try cases involving patent, copyright, trade secret, right of publicity, and trademark law. Its purpose is to provide a practical, and handy, resource that explains much of what those lawyers should know about intellectual property. It achieves that purpose and much more, including providing full citations to current case law even seasoned IP lawyers will find useful.
I contributed Chapter 4: right of publicity law (and on this website you will find several posts on this subject, one of my favorite). The other authors include a Maryland judge, two law professors, and some of Maryland's top practitioners in IP law. If you missed the companion 6 CLE course offered by the Maryland State Bar Association, check the MSBA website for future classes.