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This Article surveys case law developments in Georgia in the area of intellectual property including patents, copyrights, and trademarks from June 1, 1999 to May 31, 2000. The authors have not attempted to include all cases that touch upon intellectual property but instead have selected decisions that are more significant or interesting.

Intellectual property law comprises several discrete yet overlapping areas of law. The three primary areas are patent, trademark, and copyright law. Secondary areas include trade secret, trade dress, and know-how. Patent and copyright law are provided for in the United States Constitution. Thus, the cases regarding these two areas are based on federal law and are gleaned from the federal courts. Trademark law has both federal and state aspects; thus, the cases regarding this area are based on federal or state law, or both, and are gleaned from the federal courts and Georgia state courts.