There is a full list of the CLIP principles available on their web site- I'm not permitted to post a direct link, but Googling "Max Planck CLIP" brings it up as the first result- click on the "Final Text, December 1 2011" link. Effectively this list of principles forms a thorough 'contents list' for what you will find in this book, and will give you a clear idea of the extent to which this book is applicable to your needs. That should inform your purchase far more than any review.
Each article listed in the principles is expanded upon, normally for around four pages, occasionally by up to twenty pages. It is, as you would expect, very thorough, with a plethora of references to relevant existing judgements in each section. Thankfully almost all of these references are catalogued in footnotes (referring back to a Table Of Legislation and a Table Of Cases) instead of clogging up the clarity of the core text. The research spanned from 2004 to 2011, and it's conceivable that some of it has been superceded already, but fair to expect that the vast majority of it is still up-to-date, and certainly relevant.
The core text is remarkably understandable in its simplicity, and by use of a reasonable number of examples and illustrations (fictional ones) the relevant material should be easily comprehensible to anyone with a 'business head'. To be honest I was expecting a large amount of cryptic text only decipherable by lawyers, but as an 'end user' myself (with a particular interest in international software sales) I was able to learn some information of great value without having to open my dictionary even once- a remarkable success in the writing.
Naturally, for most people, certain parts of this book will not be applicable. However for some very common cases- online stores that sell internationally, the selling of copyright material across countries where the various trademarks do and don't exist- the main bulk of this text will be relevant, and potentially important. There are doubtless thousands of companies to whom the law behind these principles does (or at least should) apply.
Anyone whose online or international trade has the potential to get them into complicated IP issues should have a look at this book in relation to their business plan- ideally early on in their planning, instead of just before the court case...
This is one of Oxford's excellent practitioner focused hardbacks. It brings together a long term collaborative research of the European Max Planck Group on Conflict of Law in IP. The book presents the Principles on Conflict of Laws in IP and offers commentary and notes providing the background and showing the impact of the work done around the Principles. The notes are of particular interest as they address the links between the Principles and possible solutions to issues presented in International Public Law, European Law and the law of individual jurisdictions. The book contains 4 main parts, namely Purpose and Scope, Jurisdiction, Applicable Law and Recognition and Enforcement. The book is of course aimed at a specialist audience, but it is written effectively and contains a lot to motivate further scholarly analysis. Highly recommended.