Intellectual Property Rights


General Information

Includes: IP Basics, Government IP Offices in the U.S., IP News, Related Issues and Finding Tools

IP Basics

What are Copyright, Patent, Service Marks and Trademarks? Via United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Page, an introduction to basic concepts of Intellectual Property Rights.

USPTO’s special page for kids. It answers the most frequently asked kids’ questions about patents, trademarks and copyrights. It is also a good source for adult beginners to know the basics of IP.

IP Overview
This is a sub-page of International Information Programs created by the Department of State, providing an overview of IP.

Inventors Assistance Center (IAC)
A telephone service within the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office for providing information services to the public concerning any general questions regarding patent examining policies and procedures.

How to…
A USPTO sub-page dealing with practical issues such as how to find patents and trademarks, how to get registered…

U.S. Top Schools in Engineering and IP Law Via US NEWS.

Patent and Trademark Resource Centers
A comprehensive source for official publications on IP issues.


Government IP Offices in the U. S.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

U.S. Copyright Office


IP News

Monthly news magazine archived from July 1997 to June 2002. Disclaimer: This web site was copied prior to January 20, 2005. It is now a Federal record managed by the National Archives and Records Administration. External links, forms, and search boxes may not function within this collection.

USPTO’s News and Notice page
Official News Gazettes (back to 1964)

IPO Daily News
Back to October 1996

IP Insider
Practice-specific news, good for IP law Practitioners.

Related Issues

Computer Crime and IP 
A subpage from US Department of Justice site, focusing on federal laws and regulations concerning computer crimes.

Cultural and IP Rights
Created by the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Patent Source links
This is a subpage of, providing comprehensive links to Patent sources.

IP Mall
IP resources from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.


Finding Tools


Specialized legal research / Leah F. Chanin, general editor; with contributions from Joseph James Beard … [et al.]. 
UIUC Law Reference, Call Number: KF240. S691987

International intellectual property protection for computer software: a research guide and annotated bibliography / by Jon S. Schultz & Steven Windsor.
UIUC Law [non-circulating]: K1443.C6 A141994

If you chose to use UIUC Library Catalog, the following Library of Congress Subject Headings are useful:
Patent, Trademark, Competition UnfairCopyright, Trade Secrets, Patent Laws and Legislation
(Note: there are many other related subject headings. Please contact a Government Documents librarian for assistance)



Includes: Overview of Patents, Patents Search, Patent Laws, Other Sources on Patents.

Overview of Patents

What is a patent and what can be patented?
Via USPTO website, an overview of the Patent.

Patent Basics USPTO site

Patents forms
Patents application forms are available through USPTO site.


Patent Search

USPTO Patent Search
A search engine hosted by the USPTO provides “Patent Full-Text and Full-Page Image Databases”. Two kinds of searches can be done through this page:
—Patents Grants (full-text since 1976, full-page images since 1790)
—Patent Applications (published since 15 March 2001)
Note: For first-time users, “help” and “how to access full-page images” are very helpful.

Delphion Patent Search
Maintained by Delphion Company. Although this is a fee based website, it provides free access to US Granted Bibliographic Text, Search IP Listings, Patent Number Searching and other services.

A guide from University of California, San Diego site. Includes steps on finding US and international patents.


Patent Legislation and Regulations


Patent law overview   
via Cornell Law page.

Patents Legislation & Regulations
A subpage from USPTO site.

35 U.S. Code via GPO Access
Provides official sources on Patents legislation. Search steps: GPO Access Home Page>”U.S. code” > “Browse the United States Code”> “TITLE 35–PATENTS”.

37 Code of Federal Regulation via GPO
Provide current regulations on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.

35 U.S. Code via Cornell Law School

Search Supreme Court syllabi-patent 
Hosed by Cornell law school, provides U.S. Supreme Court cases on patents disputes.

Patents and Patent law
This page is maintained by an IP law firm. Its Executive Summary is a source to get an overview of patents and patent law.
Provides links to IP related case laws, statutes and regulations.

A subpage of, provides articles on patents, trademarks, copyright, and other IP issues.

Bad patents and legal issues
A site maintained by a IP law firm providing sources for patent disputes.

Other Sources on Patents

Google patent search  A search engine that enables searches full text of US patents.

Law for Biotechnology
Maintained by Biotech U, it is an online introduction to law as it applies to biotechnology.

Patent Source links
This is a subpage of, providing comprehensive links to Patent sources


Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Includes: Overview, Laws, Other Sources on Trademark and Unfair Competition

Overview of Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Basic Facts about Trademarks
A sub-page of USPTO site, which provides a concise overview of Trademarks.

Unfair competition: overview
Maintained by Cornell law school, explains why trademarks and unfair competition are correlated.

Trademark Electronic Application System
Maintained by the USPTO.


Laws Concerning Trademarks and Unfair Competition

15 U.S. Code 22 via GPO Access
Provides official sources on Trademarks legislation. Search steps: GPO Access Home Page>”U.S. code” > “Browse the United States Code”> “TITLE 15–COMMERCE AND TRADE”> “CHAPTER 22– TRADEMARKS”

37 Code of Federal Regulation via GPO
Provide current regulations on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.

Laws & Regulations on Trademarks
A subpage of USPTO Site, provides links to legal sources on Trademarks.

U.S code title 15
Via Cornell Legal Information Institute. Full text statutes concerning trademarks are available.

Search Supreme Court Syllabi-Trademarks
Via Cornell Legal Information Institute. U.S. Supreme Court cases on Trademarks and Unfair competition are available in full text.

Trademark War on the Web
Follows some law suits against some of the famous brands.


Other Sources on Trademarks and Unfair Competition 

“All about Trademarks”
Providing comprehensive sources on trademarks, hosted by a law firm.

Trademark Law Research Guide
From the George Washington University Law Library


Copyright and Fair Use

Includes: Overview, Laws and Other Sources on Copyrights

Overview of Copyright

Copyright Basics
Via US. Copyright Office, provides a concise overview of Copyright and related issues

Copyright: an overview
Via Cornell Legal Information Institute. Gives an overview of copyright laws.

Intellectual Property (Copyright) Tutorial 
A page hosted by the University of Texas providing basics on copyright and related laws.

Copyright forms
Copyright Application forms are available through U.S. Copyright office.


Copyright Legislation and Regulations

17 U.S. Code via GPO Access
Provides official sources on Patents. Search steps: GPO Access Home Page>”U.S. code” > “Browse the United States Code”> “TITLE 17–Copyright”

37 Code of Federal Regulation via GPO
Provide current regulations on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.

U.S. Code 17
Via Cornell Legal Information Institute Site, U.S. Code 17 is available in full text.

37 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Via Cornell Legal Information Institute Site, provides 37 CFR in full-text.

Copyright and Fair Use
Hosted by Stanford University, provides sources on introduction to Copyright and sources of Copyright legislation.


Other Sources on Copyright Issues

IEEE Intellectual Property Rights FAQ
Provides background information about IP.

Copyright Site via UC Berkeley
A comprehensive site for search references, laws and academic articles on Copyright issues.

A Guide to Copyright for Music Librarians 
This site is sponsored by the Legislation Committee of the Music Library Association. A good source for searching copyright laws concerning music works.

Copyright for Educators 
A good site for librarians, teachers, parents and students to learn basics on Copyright issues.

Software and Copyright Issues
Provided by W3C site. Its Frequently Asked Questions are helpful to understand Software and Copyright issues.


International IP Protection

Includes: International IP Protection, International, Foreign and Regional IP Organizations

International IP Protection

International Intellectual Property Protection
IP protection has gone beyond the national borders. This site via USPTO provides information about the IP protection systems in the United Nations, European Union and other countries.

Industrial Property in the European Union (EU)
As a part of the European Commission’s EU Single Market, this page gives an overview of practical IP issues in the EU.

IP in the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation
A good source to learn about the current development of IP issues in Asian-Pacific regions.

Oxford Intellectual Property Research Center
Provides some full text research articles on international IP protection.


International and Regional Intellectual Property Organizations

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center

International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

World Trade Organization (WTO) Intellectual Property Page

European Patent Office (EPO)

Eurasian Patent Organization

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (European Union Trademark Office)

Benelux Office for Intellectual Property