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U.S. Intellectual Property Legal Research: Trademark

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

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Statutory Trademark Law

U.S. federal trademark law is found in chapter 22 of title 15 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 trademark law.  Unlike its IP cousins, copyright and patent, trademark is also a matter of state law.  The codes of individual states should be consulted for how those jurisdictions manage their trademark issues.

Trademark Regulations

U.S. trademark regulations are found in parts 2, 6-7 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.

Trademark Books

Trademark 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 trademark.  These cover general and specific topics in trademark 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.

Trademark Periodicals & Reporters

Trademark Databases

Trademark Web Sites