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Intellectual Property Law Research

A short guide to IP resources available to SLU LAW students and faculty with a particular focus on resources used in Professor Voss' IP Research course. Some resources are freely available online while others require a username and password.

Introduction to Intellectual Property Legal Research

This guide provides preliminary guidance for conducting research on intellectual property (IP) law. It is subdivided into four categories: copyright, trademark, patent, and Foreign and International IP. Each category constitutes a major branch of IP law. In addition there is a page for links to IP news.

IP resources include secondary sources in the forms of treatises, practice guides and scholarly articles. Primary sources include case law, legislation, administrative decisions, and filed patents, trademarks and copyrights. The guide contains key resources, and provides a good starting point for IP research, but it does not contain all resources available on every IP topic. While some IP topics are handled at the state level, the majority of IP law is governed by federal law. Thus, this guide focuses only on federal law