As its economic potential has rapidly expanded, intellectual property has become a subject of front rank legal importance. The roots of the subject have been formed in national laws. Now it is branching out rapidly. It has to reflect todays technological advances, notably in digitisation and genetics, and to secure a central place for intellectual property in world trade. Regional and international law, allied to comparative law studies, have become essential elements in the rapid legal developments which engulf the subject. The monographs in Cambridge Studies in Intellectual Property Rights contribute to the debates from all these perspectives. This promises to be a highly significant series for practitioners, judges, administrators and scholars in many countries.