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A handy guide but not without errors
on 29 April 2013
This dictionary contains concise definitions (typically between one and about ten sentences long) for a large number of legal terms. They are well written and generally easy to understand.
For me, this book has to compete with Wikipedia, which is usually right at my fingertips, rather than having to be fetched off a bookshelf. It fares reasonably well in this competition, because of the conciseness and quality of its definitions. There are, however, Wikipedia entries on almost every term contained in this dictionary, most of which provide a lot more detail than is given here. I can see myself using both sources, but probably more often Wikipedia.
The fact that this dictionary is compiled by reputable contributors and editors is obviously a plus point, and should be a key selling point over Wikipedia. However, the very first definition I looked up, after receiving this book, contains an inaccuracy: under the entry for "patent", the term "priority date" is stated as being the date of application; this is not correct: the priority date is typically a year earlier than the application date, from which the 20 year term of the patent is then calculated. It's a rather minor point, you might think, but the fact that there is an inaccuracy in one of the few entries I'm qualified to comment on (and the very first one I looked at, at that) has certainly knocked my faith in the quality of those entries that I know nothing about.