I.- Introduction. II.- Intellectual Property and EU Law: New Foundations? III.- Private and Public Law: Intellectual Property as a mixed field. IV.- International cooperation and its impact on the evolution of EU law. V.- Territoriality of rights and the functioning of the internal market. VI. Approximation of laws by means of directives: achievements and shortcomings. VII. Optional unitary rights. VIII. Coordination of national laws through unitary conflict of laws rules.