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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.


The Lanham Act is the primary federal trademark protection.  It protects trademarks, service marks, and trade dress from unfair competitive interference.  In short, a trademark is a distinctive indicator used by an individual, business, or other organization to identify its products or services to customers.  The trademark laws primarily serve to protect the association that customers form between a brand name or logo and the quality of products or services.

Research Guides

Trademark Law Print Resources

Trademark Law Electronic Resources

Practice-Oriented Materials

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