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Intellectual Property

This guide outlines major resources in intellectual property law and its subtopics of copyright, patent, and trademark law.

Primary Law Compilation

Selected Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition: Statutes, Regulations and Treaties: KF 2974 2010

Cases: Finding Tools

US Copyright Office's Fair Use Index: searchable database of court opinions, including by category and type of use.

Besides case law databases on Lexis and Westlaw, there are two specialized reporters in IP law.

BNA's United States Patent Law Quarterly (USPQ):

CCH Copyright Law Reporter: Westlaw (login required)


Federal: Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) covers patent, trademark, and copyright.


  • Texas Administrative Code (TAC):


Federal: Titles of the United States Code (USC) relating to IP law:


Uniform Laws and Principles

Resources on Uniform Laws


ALI's Restatement of the Law, Unfair Competition: Online and KF 3195 R472

Sources for 50 State Surveys of Statutes

Because trademark law may vary state by state, it can be useful to compare and contrast the laws between them. If you are lucky, someone may already have done a fifty state survey on your topic. To see if a survey already exists, check out these resources: