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Intellectual Property Resources

This guide provides a selection of U.S. intellectual property resources including federal copyright, trademark, and patent laws and state trade secret laws.


Copyright is federal law, found in Title 17 of the United States Code.  Copyright protects an author's creative works from unlicensed reproduction, distribution, and other uses.  Copyright encourages authors to create by providing protections, which allow them to profit from successful creative works.  Because new networking and copying technologies are always emerging, the Copyright laws are in constant flux.

Copyright Print Resources

Primary Law - Print and Online

Print Resources:

  • CCH Copyright Law Reporter/Copyright Law Decisions - recent cases are unbound in "Reporter", later bound in "Decisions". 
  • BNA United States Patents Quarterly (USPQ) - also reports copyright cases 

Practice - Oriented Materials

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