This important new book offers a unique perspective on intellectual property law unrivalled among intellectual property textbooks available today. Beyond providing a thorough and up-to-date account of intellectual property law, the text examines the complex policies that inform and guide modern IP law at the domestic (including Scottish), European and international levels, giving the reader a true insight into the discipline and the shape of things to come. The focus is on contemporary challenges to intellectual property law and policy and the reader is encouraged to engage critically with the subject matter. This book is written with the undergraduate firmly in mind and the authors make extensive use of practical examples, exercises and visual aids throughout the text to enliven the subject and stimulate the reader. The book is accompanied by a website where students and lecturers alike can access updates on major developments in the law, guidance on answering the discussion points provided in the book, web links and further reading.