I am indebted to Willem Hoyng, who first awakened my enthusiasm for the subject of intellectual property law. He inspired me to start this project in 1991 at the Intellectual Property Law Unit of Queen Mary and Westfield College under the supervision of Gerald Dworkin and Alison Firth. I am grateful to Professor Dworkin for his comments and the insight he gave me, especially in the difficult initial stages of determining the ambit of the research. I am indebted to Ms Firth for her supervision in all the stages of the thesis. Her vast knowledge and unwavering support have been invaluable.
I am also grateful for the grants I have received from the VSB Fund and the British Council. I am furthermore obliged to the EC Commission, which awarded an Individual Human Capital and Mobility Research Fellowship for this project. I am furthermore indebted to the staff and my former colleagues at Queen Mary and Westfield College. I would like publicly to thank John N. Adams and Jim Lahore for their comments and support, and Victor Bouganim, Luis Gimeno, Heng Gee Lim, Spyros Maniatis, Colin Ong, Bankole Sodipo, and Uma Suthersanen for their inspiring company and friendship.
For my parents, without whom . . .
ANSELM KAMPERMAN SANDERS Maastricht, December 1996