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U.S. Intellectual Property Legal Research: Patent

A guide to the major information sources of U.S. intellectual property legal research.

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Statutory Patent Law

U.S. patent law is found in title 35 of the U.S. Code. The library has physical copies of official U.S. Code., the U.S. Code Annotated (West) and the U.S. Code Service (Lexis). (See the call numbers listed below to find these in the stacks.) Electronic versions are available through their respective publishers. HeinOnline offers full historic coverage of the U.S. Code, which can be useful when faced with an issue based on a previous patent law.

Patent Regulations

U.S. patent regulations are found in parts 1, 3-5 of title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.). The library has a physical set of official C.F.R. (See the call number listed below to find these in the stacks.) Electronic versions are available through the Government Printing Office (FDSys), Lexis and West. HeinOnline offers full historic coverage of the C.F.R., which can be useful when faced with an issue based on previous copyright regulations.

Patent Books

Patent practice benefits from many multi-volume treatises, which are listed below.  The LRC also has a sigificant collection of single volume books, also called monographs, on patents.  These cover general and specific topics in patent law.  Many are not available through legal databases.  You can find these by searching the LRC catalog.  For more information on searching the LRC catalog, see the LRC guide on searching the catalog.

Patent Periodicals & Reporters

Patent Databases

Patent Web Sites