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This Article surveys caselaw developments in the area of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, relevant to Georgia during the period from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007. Intellectual property law comprises several discrete yet overlapping areas of law. The four primary areas of intellectual property law are patent law, trademark law, copyright law, and trade secret law. Because patent law and copyright law are provided for in the United States Constitution, these cases are based in federal law and are litigated in federal courts. Trademark law and trade secret law have both federal3 and state aspects, and the cases regarding these areas are based on federal or state law. However, the more interesting cases often are litigated in the federal courts.

The Authors have not attempted to include all cases that touch upon intellectual property but instead have selected decisions that are of more significance or interest, or that may indicate a particular direction in these areas of law. While the cited cases often have multiple issues, the Authors have reported only on the more relevant or interesting intellectual property issues. As such, this Article will focus on developments selected from the federal courts that are controlling or binding on federal courts in Georgia.