Pierce Law Faculty Scholarship Series

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It has always been popular to put complicated legal subjects in nutshells, but let it be said at the outset that this article is not for the individual that has spent time wandering in the intellectual and industrial property thicket. Broad approaches to this subject matter have been tried before, and the degree of their success has been quite directly proportional to substantive scope and inversely to length. Insofar as this is both as broad as the most comprehensive and the length of the shortest, several observations are in order.

Date of Authorship for this Version

January 1974