Prof. Peter K. Yu

Regents Professor of Law and Communication

Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property

Texas A&M University




[ book endorsements ]

Pratyush Nath Upreti, Intellectual Property Objectives in International Investment Agreements (Edward Elgar Publishing 2022)

"This timely and thought-provoking book greatly enhances our understanding and appreciation of the relationship between intellectual property and investment law. Informed by treaty texts, WTO panel reports and investment arbitration decisions, the book explains why we need to pay greater attention to the objectives of intellectual property rights while avoiding the short-sighted view that treats intellectual property as mere investments. A must-read for anybody interested in intellectual property law or investment arbitration!"

黄洁,中国应对《全面与进步的跨太平洋伙伴关系协定》数字贸易运行规则的研究 (对外经济贸易大学出版社 2022)


Péter Mezei, Copyright Exhaustion: Law and Policy in the United States and the European Union (2d ed., Cambridge University Press 2022)

"In this era of digital streaming, cloud computing and global content distribution, the exhaustion doctrine in copyright law deserves serious scholarly and policy attention. This timely, important and now-updated book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of the doctrine's justifications, evolution and future development on both sides of the Atlantic and at the international level. Highly recommended!"

Emmanuel Kolawole Oke, The Interface Between Intellectual Property and Investment Law: An Intertextual Analysis (Edward Elgar Publishing 2021)

"This original book advances a refreshing intertextual approach to interpreting international investment agreements in the intellectual property context. It also provides insightful and up-to-date analysis of the latest disputes in this area. The book should appeal equally to those studying intellectual property law and policy and those practising on the front lines of investment law."

Matthew David, Living in a Vacuum? Fabrications of Regulation and Deregulation in Global Network Capitalism (Bristol University Press 2021)

"From the Boyle-Hobbes dispute over the possibility of a vacuum to Dyson's offshoring of its vacuum cleaner production, Matthew David provides a rich, engaging and carefully interwoven narrative documenting the tensions and contradictions in global network capitalism. Challenging the prevailing assumptions about globalization, this book will make you rethink the debate on regulation and deregulation."

Evana Wright, Protecting Traditional Knowledge: Lessons from Global Case Studies (Edward Elgar Publishing 2020)

"Drawing on case studies from India and Peru and applying their comparative lessons to Australia, Evana Wright has charted the way forward for the development of sui generis regimes to protect traditional knowledge. This carefully researched book makes a strong and convincing case why the free participation of indigenous peoples and local communities and the incorporation of customary law and practice are key to the success of these regimes. Highly recommended!"

Paul Kuruk, Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, Customary Law and Intellectual Property: A Global Primer (Edward Elgar Publishing 2020)

"For more than two decades, Paul Kuruk has actively engaged in the academic and policy debates on traditional knowledge and intellectual property. Building on his lifelong work, this comprehensive, informative and globally oriented primer makes a complex and contentious debate accessible. The book not only explains why traditional knowledge deserves protection, but helps us understand the myriad international efforts, domestic laws, customary practices and reform proposals."

Dan Prud'homme and Zhang Taolue, China's Intellectual Property Regime for Innovation: Risks to Business and National Development (Springer 2019)

"This timely book provides a comprehensive evaluation of the risks the Chinese intellectual property regime has posed to innovation and foreign businesses. Prud'homme and Zhang provide a careful and nuanced analysis that takes stock of the regime's recent improvements while highlighting its continuous shortcomings. Even better, the book offers concrete suggestions on how the regime could be strengthened to better foster innovation and entrepreneurship. An important read for business managers and policy makers alike!"

The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright in Street Art and Graffiti (Enrico Bonadio ed., Cambridge University Press 2019)

"From Banksy to Hosier Lane to legal disputes involving 5Pointz and H&M, this timely volume tackles challenging copyright and related questions concerning street art and graffiti. The collected essays feature authors with diverse geographical and disciplinary backgrounds. Whether you are a street art aficionado, student in fine art or commentator on copyright law, this book will provoke you to rethink the legal treatment of unconventional forms of cultural heritage."

Lucas S. Osborn, 3D Printing and Intellectual Property: Disruption, Doctrine, and Policy (Cambridge University Press 2019)

"This timely and accessible book examines the myriad legal challenges brought about by the latest disruptive technology. It underscores the importance of doctrinal clarity in intellectual property law while calling for a holistic optimization of innovation incentives. Whether you are familiar with 3D printing or not, this highly recommended book will provoke you to rethink the complex interrelationship between law and technology."

Bryan Mercurio, Drugs, Patents and Policy: A Contextual Study of Hong Kong (Cambridge University Press 2018)

"This timely, well-written and carefully analysed book provides a definitive study of the pharmaceutical patent system in Hong Kong. More broadly, it reveals the far-reaching impacts new international trade and intellectual property standards can have on local health systems. The book strikes a rare but appropriate balance between a global perspective and local contextual analyses. It is a must-read for anybody interested in intellectual property, public health and international trade."

Péter Mezei, Copyright Exhaustion: Law and Policy in the United States and the European Union (Cambridge University Press 2018)

"In this era of digital streaming, cloud computing and global content distribution, the exhaustion doctrine in copyright law deserves serious scholarly and policy attention. This timely and important book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of the doctrine's justifications, evolution and future development on both sides of the Atlantic and at the international level. Highly recommended!"

Corinne Hui Yun Tan, Generating Content on Social Media Regulation by Copyright Laws, the Terms of Service and Technological Features (UCL Press 2017)

"This timely and accessible book examines the regulation of content generative activities across five popular social media platforms – Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter and Wikipedia. Its indepth, critical and comparative analysis of the platforms' growing efforts to align terms of service and technological features with copyright law should be of great interest to anyone studying the interplay of law and new media."

He Tianxiang, Copyright and Fan Productivity in China: A Cross-Jurisdictional Perspective (Springer 2017)

"The tension between copyright holders and fan communities has been increasingly salient yet underexplored. This timely, insightful and deeply engaging book not only fills a niche, but also covers a country that has been rarely examined in this context. The book advances a promising model for the two groups to cooperate. It also explores complex issues concerning political culture, media regulation and civic engagement in China. A must read for anybody interested in copyright law, cultural production, digital technology or Chinese information policy."

Xavier Seuba, The Global Regime for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Cambridge University Press 2017)

"This comprehensive, scholarly, and interdisciplinary study could not have been published at a better time, when countries are busy searching for ways to provide appropriate and effective enforcement of intellectual property rights. This book not only provides a detailed analysis of the different aspects of intellectual property enforcement, but also provokes us to rethink what measures will best achieve the intended goals of an intellectual property system. A must read for anybody engaging with law and policy in this area."

Pascale Chapdelaine, Copyright User Rights: Contracts and the Erosion of Property (Oxford University Press 2017)

"This careful and systematic analysis of user rights could not have been published at a better time. Grounded in property, contract and consumer laws, it provides an insightful, well-reasoned and comprehensive multijurisdictional perspective. Regardless of where you stand on the copyright reform debate, this book will provoke you to rethink your position."

Daithí Mac Síthigh, Medium Law (Routledge 2017)

"This timely and highly ambitious book confronts head-on the debate on the development of technology-neutral, future-proof legislation across media platforms. By providing a careful and in-depth analysis of the laws concerning radio, film, TV, games, on-demand services and other entertainment platforms, this insightful book explains why the medium will continue to play a pivotal role in media regulation. Highly recommended."

李亞虹(編),版權、網絡和權利平衡 (香港大學出版社 2016)


Sara Bannerman, International Copyright and Access to Knowledge (Cambridge University Press 2015)

"This timely and important book carefully documents the growing erosion of the principles of access in the international copyright system. It provocatively reframes the development debate as one seeking to reclaim alternative visions and models. The book further underscores the potentially important roles of developing countries, indigenous communities, nongovernmental organizations and other nondominant players. A must-read for anybody who cares about development in the international intellectual property regime!"

Miranda Forsyth and Sue Farran, Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small Island Developing States (Intersentia 2015)

"This insightful and refreshingly original study offers a rare glimpse of the intellectual property developments in Pacific island countries. Drawing on years of field research, Forsyth and Farran document the considerable mismatch between the high intellectual property standards demanded by the global North and the actual needs and realities of small island developing states. In addition to providing eye-opening details on indigenous communities, traditional practices and customary norms and institutions, the book challenges us to rethink the concepts of intellectual property and development. Highly recommended!"

Danny Friedman, Trademarks and Social Media: Towards Algorithmic Justice (Edward Elgar Publishing 2015)

"This timely monograph not only shows the need to adapt trademark law and enforcement to social media and the ever-evolving digital environment, but also why the existing legal regime fails to offer trademarked logos adequate protection. Refreshing, provocative and passionately argued. The book will be of interest to anybody interested in intellectual property law and policy and the interplay of law and technology."

Google and the World Brain (Polar Star Films 2013)

"This beautifully shot and carefully conceived documentary problematizes the role the Google Books project has played in our society. Whether you are a supporter or a critic, Ben Lewis' timely and highly engaging film will provoke you to think more deeply about the future of the digital world. Highly recommended!"

Dana Beldiman (ed.), Innovation, Competition and Collaboration (Edward Elgar Publishing 2015)

"This timely collection guides us to rethink the role of intellectual property law in a shared knowledge environment. Covering a wide range of topics—from smartphone wars to fashion design and from synthetic biology to digital content—this book greatly advances our understanding of open and collaborative innovation."

Christopher May, The Rule of Law: The Common Sense of Global Politics (Edward Elgar Publishing 2014) 

"The rule of law is a commonsensical concept that has been widely used, frequently contested and sometimes mistranslated. In this highly recommended book, Christopher May provides a comprehensive yet critical study of the rhetoric, discourse and politics surrounding the rule of law. Providing a broad coverage, this book is of great interest to anybody who cares about technical assistance programmes, post-conflict justice, anti-terrorism efforts and the legal transition in China and Russia. It deserves a thorough read cover-to-cover."

Teshager W. Dagne, Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge in the Global Economy: Translating Geographical Indications for Development (Routledge 2015)

"This carefully researched book is a rare attempt to examine the role geographical indications can play in protecting traditional knowledge. The analysis is timely, balanced and insightful, and it captures well the ongoing international debate. The book should be of interest to anybody who cares about intellectual property, international trade, agricultural production, food security or cultural preservation."

Burcu Kılıç, Boosting Pharmaceutical Innovation in the Post-TRIPS Era: Real-Life Lessons for the Developing World (Edward Elgar Publishing 2014)

"This important and thought-provoking book reminds us of the need to better integrate intellectual property policy into our innovation system. Drawing on innovation theory, patent literature and detailed case studies, Burcu Kılıç provides a sophisticated analysis of pharmaceutical development that underscores the importance of complementary factors, economic realities and local technological capabilities. The book is a must-read for anybody struggling with reforms at the intersection of intellectual property, public health and development."

Robert C. Bird, Daniel R. Cahoy & Jamie Darin Prenkert (eds), Law, Business and Human Rights: Bridging the Gap (Edward Elgar Publishing 2014)

"This timely book provides a rare but important contribution to the debate on business and human rights. Featuring insightful essays written by law professors teaching in business schools, the collection covers a wide array of issues ranging from corruption to conflict minerals and from labour standards to corporate social responsibility. Highly recommended."

Stefan Luginbuehl & Peter Ganea, Patent Law in Greater China (Edward Elgar Publishing 2014)

"Patent Law in Greater China provides some of the most comprehensive, up-to-date and contextualized analyses of Chinese patent law. Featuring expert contributors with diverse backgrounds and deep inside knowledge, this edited volume strikes a good balance between scholarly analysis and practical tips. The book should be on the desk of everybody who handles patent-related matters in Greater China."

Marc H. Greenberg, Comic Art, Creativity and the Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2014)

"Comic Art, Creativity and the Law is a highly welcome addition to the literature on the development of comic art. The book stands out in its knowledge of the comic industry and analysis of the legal challenges confronting creative artists. You will enjoy reading it whether you are an art law specialist or a Spiderman fan."

Tshimanga Kongolo, African Contributions in Shaping the Worldwide Intellectual Property System (Ashgate 2013)

"This well-written book provides an insightful, comprehensive and up-to-date account of Africa's contributions to the development of domestic, regional and international intellectual property standards. Its publication cannot be more timely in view of the recent emergence of the African Group. For those who consider African countries passive takers of international norms shaped in the developed world, Tshimanga Kongolo's informative account will make you rethink your assumptions. The book is a rare gem in the literature of international intellectual property law and policy."

Rami M. Olwan, Intellectual Property and Development: Theory and Practice (Springer 2013)

"Rami Olwan has provided a rich, passionately written and culturally sensitive account of the relationship between intellectual property and development. The case study on Jordan is unique, and the concrete policy recommendations at the end of the volume are highly practical. It is also welcoming to read the author's pro-active discussion of open access initiatives, which are increasingly important in the developing world. This timely and informative book will be of great interest to those seeking to learn more about how intellectual property and development play out on the ground."

Christoph B. Graber, Karolina Kuprecht & Jessica C. Lai (eds), International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage (Edward Elgar Publishing 2013)

"This timely and pioneering volume provides an ethnically sensitive exploration of the international trade in indigenous cultural heritage. The country reports are informative and insightful; they greatly enrich our understanding of the realities on the ground in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. The book also contains concrete and practical recommendations. It is essential reading for anyone interested in learning more about the protection and development of indigenous cultural heritage."

Deborah Tussey, Complex Copyright (Ashgate 2012)

"Using easy-to-understand examples which range from Harry Potter to prairie fires, Debbie Tussey explains why copyright experts need to learn more about complex adaptive systems. This engaging, well-written and provocative book provides a timely reminder of the need for intellectual property law to be flexible enough to tolerate the chaos inherent in the creative process. Anybody who cares about the future of copyright should read this book!"

Graham Dutfield & Uma Suthersanen, Global Intellectual Property Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2008)

"Dutfield and Suthersanen have skillfully captured in one concise volume all the important things you need to know about international intellectual property law. The materials are accessible, timely, methodically presented and at times critical. The book's detailed, in-depth and comparative analyses provide helpful insights into the increasingly complex international intellectual property system. Global Intellectual Property Law is not only an effective textbook for students interested in the subject, but a desktop companion for policymakers and professionals who need a quick and up-to-date overview of global intellectual property issues."

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