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Intellectual Property: Additional International Resources

This Guide to Intellectual Property Resources will guide you to more information both here in the U.S. and worldwide. There are major sections below for the traditional categories of intellectual property: patents, trademarks and copyright.


Additional Resources for International Intellectual Property

American Society of International Law(ASIL) Guide to Intellectual Property - ASIL is a non-profit organization founded in 1906 to encourage the study and use of international law. ASIL has been granted consultative status (Category II) to the United Nations.

Electronic Information System about Law (EISIL) - EISIL is maintained by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a scholarly association to encourage the analysis, dissemination and development of international law. ASIL’s goal is to ensure, through EISIL, that web searchers can easily locate the high quality primary materials, authoritative web sites and helpful research guides to international law on the Internet.

EISIL links specific to Intellectual Property

Foreign Trade Information System's Intellectual Property Rights Page - The Foreign Trade Information System is the information technology arm of the Organization of American States (OAS). The site provides national intellectual property laws for countries in the Western Hemisphere as possible in the four official languages of the OAS (English, Spanish, Portuguese and French).

(The Foreign Trade Information System is also known as SICE, which is its Spanish acronym, short for Sistema de Información al Comercio Exterior)

Bitlaw - Bitlaw is an Internet resource on technology law, containing over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues. BitLaw was created by Daniel A. Tysver, a partner with the intellectual property law firm of Beck & Tysver.

LLRX - LLRX is a Web journal providing information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools, since 1996.

Office of the United States Trade Representative. The Office of the United States Trade Representative website has an IP site that includes monitoring reports for major IP agreements for which the U. S. is party. This includes an annual report identified as the Special 301 Report that addresses piracy and related trade problems with U. S. trading partners.

Resources for Special Categories of IP Research: Plant Patents, Certificates of Plant Variety Protection, and Bioengineering or Nanotechnology

The US Patent and Trademark Office issues utility and design patents in the traditional chemical, mechanical, and electrical arts but also issues plant patents. Basic information from the US Patent and Trademark Office regarding rights for new varieties of plants (those reproduced asexually). Another form of intellectual property protection for plants is available from the USDA in the form of a Certificate of Plant Variety Protection. This program is administered by the USDA Plant Variety Protection Office-check it out.

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants(UPOV) - UPOV is an international organization established by the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The Convention was adopted in Paris in 1961 and it was revised as recently as 1991. The Convention protects new varieties of plants as a form of intellectual property.

Additional Non-US IP Law; Country and Region Specific Links

Global List of Countries - List of international and national intellectual property agencies.



State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China. - This agency is responsible for the enforcement of intellectual property laws within China. It was created in 1980 after China agreed to the conventions establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


A useful resource for researching intellectual property laws in Australia.

European Union

Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk - A site designed to aid inventors and contractors in the European Union to comply with international intellectual property law. Their Frequently Asked Questions Page contains useful background information for users.

European Patent Office - The European Patent Office is a centralized patent grant agency established by the Convention on the Grant of European Patents (EPC) signed in Munich 1973. A list of the participating nations can be found here.

Eurasia and the former Soviet Union

Eurasian Patent Organization - The Eurasian Patent Organization enforces patent and trademark issues for members of the former Soviet Union. Member states include: the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Kazakstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, and Belarus.

The Russian Agency for Patents and Trademarks


Intellectual Property Law Reviews

  • BNA's patent, trademark & copyright journal (Weekly)[print 1979-2009] Physical Location: MLIC, First Floor, Call No. KF3110 .B52


  • Harvard Journal of Law & Technology Full Text available from HeinOnline.