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Intellectual Property Research: Patent Law



A patent is a time-limited negative property right granted by the U.S. Federal Government, to protect the interest of the inventor. As a negative propery right, patents are designed to exclude other from making or selling the patented product during its patent term. 

Patents are intended to encourage innovation by rewarding inventors with temporarily exclusive rights and protections in exchange for their public disclosure of  the invention.

Primary Sources

Constitutional right "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.

Patent laws are contained in Title 35 of the United States Code.

Case Law
Case law on Patents can be accessed through any of the databases in the far right column.

The official journal of the USPTO, which is published every Tuesday and contains information on patents issued that week and other important notices.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is the federal agency responsible for granting patents and registering trademarks. Their website explains the patent process and provides the necessary forms. It also maintains regulations, policies, and statistics relating to U.S. patents.

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