IP Rights In Data Handbook - Protecting and exploiting IP in data, big data and databases internationally


In the era of Big Data, no ambitious business can afford to live without a strategy for the acquisition, protection and exploitation of the data upon which it depends. The laws enabling data to be protected and exploited are becoming ever more important to businesses, no matter the sector in which they operate. Yet, not surprisingly, laws relating to IP protection of data and databases vary significantly among jurisdictions. This naturally poses a challenge to any business looking to protect and exploit data on a cross-border basis.

This guide was devised to provide an overview of the IP and related rights affecting data and databases. This, our second edition of the IP Rights in Data Handbook, now covers 20 jurisdictions and includes for each country top tips from local professionals on how best to exploit Big Data.

How this Handbook Works -

This Handbook provides a high-level summary, with links to relevant sources, of the different types of protection available for data and databases in 20 key global jurisdictions. For each jurisdiction, we consider three categories of database which may benefit from protection: original databases; databases in which investment has been made; and confidential databases.

As database law is only partly harmonised in the EU, we offer, in addition to a section on the EU, separate sections on eight representative EU jurisdictions (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK). To assist you in navigating our European content and avoiding repetition, there are cross-references between the EU section and the national sections.

Data privacy law is not the focus of this guide. However, we understand that there is an overlap in that data privacy laws do limit both database owners’ ability to exploit data and database users’ ability to use it. We have therefore very briefly summed up the scope of the data privacy/data protection regime in each country. More detailed information on data privacy/data protection regimes in 72 jurisdictions can be found in our separate Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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