Intellectual property is a subject which many students find challenging. This book sets out the core principles for each of the main intellectual property rights in an understandable but stimulating fashion. In order to facilitate a greater understanding of the way intellectual property law rights work, the book highlights the conceptual justifications for these exclusive rights and substantively assesses their practical value according to these justifications. The law presented is that of the United Kingdom as it is shaped by European Union and Convention obligations. Intellectual property law is of increasing practical significance in the information age, touching on all creative endeavours. In the new millennium, it becomes an even more exciting and important branch of study and this book will guide students through its complexities and challenges.