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Intellectual Property  

Helpful resources for learning about Copyright, Patent, Trademark, and Trade Secret law.
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The Constitution

United States Constitution Art. 1 § 8 - Gives Congress the power:


“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.”



Intellectual Property Law encompasses works which are produced by ideas.

Inventions are protected by Patent Law.

The broad field of Copyright Law protects “original works of authorship” such as books, plays, computer software, music, maps, movies, drawings, sculptures, and architectural blueprints.

Words, phrases, symbols, logos, designs, and any other methods used by a manufacturer or seller to distinguish a product are protected by Trademark Law.

Trade Secret law definitions depend on jurisdiction; however common traits are: information not generally known to the public, provides an economic benefit to its holder, is the subject of reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy.

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Where to Look

Call number ranges:

IP Resources generally
K 1401 - K 1578,
KF 2971 - KF 3192

KF 2986 - KF 3086

KF 3091 - KF 3192

KF 3193 - KF 3198

Trade Secret
KF3195 - KF3197


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