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Intellectual Property (IP) broadly refers to the rights to the creations of intellectual activity, primarily in the fields of arts, science, and technology. This research guide provides general information on IP laws in the United States, as well as specialized information on the three core areas of IP: Copyright Laws, Patent Laws, and Trademark Laws. There is also some guidance for beginning research on related topics, such as international IP law, anti-trust, licensing, and trade secrets.
IP = Intellectual Property
WIPO = World Intellectual Property Organization
AIPLA = American Intellectual Property Law Association
TRIPs = Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
Patent - A right given to an inventor, permitting them to exclusively make, sell, use, and import their invention for a period of time in exchange for publicly disclosing the invention.
Trademark - A sign, design, or expression use to identify the products of a certain source from other similar products by different producers.
Copyright - An exclusive right given to a creator to use their original work for a certain period of time. Copyright does not cover the idea itself, on the manner in which it is expressed.
Trade Secret - Information, technology or technique used by businesses to gain an economic advantage over their competitors and consumers.
Anti-trust - attempts to prevent or control monopolies with the intention of increasing competition among related businesses.
Below are a list of databases with a broad collection of Intellectual Property Law materials. Most or all of these databases will require users to log on through campus computers or sign-in through the off-campus access option.
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