An Outline of Web Sites Useful for Intellectual Property Matters

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Governmental Resources – United States

The White House
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
United States Patent and Trademark OfficeCan search U.S. patents and trademarks; legislative and administrative developments
United States Copyright Office, Library of CongressIncludes downloadable forms and circulars in pdf format; legislative and administrative developments
Thomas (Legislative Information on the Internet)Search facility on the Library of Congress site for tracking federal legislation
The Federal Judiciary HomepageLinks to Federal Courts
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Securities and Exchange CommissionElectronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Government PrintingLinks to many government information products including Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, U.S. Code
United States Food and Drug AdministrationProvides information about approved pharmaceuticals including patent information
Internal Revenue ServiceThe Internal Revenue Service site contains IRS forms and publications as well as general tax news and help
Bureau of Industry and SecurityHome page of the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce (formerly the Bureau of Export Administration). This site includes news and links relating to the export of goods and services outside of the United States including the text of Bureau Regulations.

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Governmental Resources – International

European Patent OfficeSearchable databases; many links
European Trademark Office (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market)Implements the Community Trademark law; has searchable database
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Japanese Patent OfficeWide range of materials and searchable patent and trademark databases
United Kingdom Patent Office
Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department
German Patent OfficeIn German language
IP Australia
Swedish Patent and Registration Office
Danish Patent OfficeIn Danish language with link to English version
Finland National Board of Patents and RegistrationIn Finnish language with link to English version
Hungarian Patent Office
World Intellectual Property OrganizationHas, among other things, text of Paris Convention; many links
EUR-Lex – the Portal to European Union LawAn extraordinary searchable collection of legal documents pertaining to the European Union, including the Community Trademark (see for example, Document 394R0040), antitrust law, etc.

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Internet Domain Name Resources

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)Quasi-governmental organization in charge of assignment of domain names for the Internet; has dispute resolution procedure set forth here and results of decisions and related materials.
Register.comOne of many registrars licensed by ICANN to register domain names; has a search engine for determining availability of domain names and for determining the owners of already registered domain names.
NetworkSolutionsA domain name registration service; has a search engine for determining availability of domain names and for determining the owners of already registered domain names.

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Intellectual Property Organizations

American Intellectual Property Law AssociationA principal association dedicated to intellectual property law; has web pages devoted to legislative developments
International Trademark AssociationInternational association dedicated to trademark law; has useful links and development lists
American Bar AssociationThe Intellectual Property Law section (under entities) maintains an active involvement in intellectual property law developments
Copyright Society of the United States of AmericaA nonprofit corporation that was organized to foster interest in and advance the study of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art the theatre, motion pictures, and other forms of intellectual property.
Boston Patent Law AssociationAssociation of intellectual property professionals, providing educational programs and a forum for the interchange of ideas and information concerning patent, trademark, and copyright laws.
Licensing Executives SocietyWeb site of the principal organization for lawyers and managers engaged in technology licensing

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Research Tools – Legal

Findlaw.comAn excellent general legal research tool with Yahoo®-like topic organization as well as a legal web-site search engine; can be used to access, among many other things, state and federal court decisions
Legal Information Institute of Cornell UniversityAn excellent listing, primarily by subject area, of legal materials on the World Wide Web
Intellectual Property Law serverIncludes many links by intellectual property topic and some intellectual property news
Law.comArticles on current legal developments; includes section on intellectual property law
PatentLawLinks.comLinks by topic to patent and other intellectual property sites; some intellectual property news
Pharmalicensing Ltd.Provides information useful for pharmaceutical and biotechnology licensing
United Inventors AssociationProvides support and advice for individual inventors
Jurist: The Legal Education NetworkThe Jurist site, maintained by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law has wide-ranging legal news and many useful legal research tools and links
Social Law Library, Boston, Massachusetts
The Center for Corporate Law at the University of Cincinnati College of LawThis site includes the Securities Lawyer’s Deskbook which contains the full text of the basic federal securities laws and regulations, as well as the principal Securities and Exchange Commission forms
The National Center for Employee OwnershipThis site has copious information about stock options and ESOPs
10kwizard.comA powerful web site for searching SEC filings

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Research Tools – Patent and Prior Art Searching

Delphion Intellectual Property NetworkFee-based searching; U.S. Patents; applications and patents of European Patent Office and Japanese Patent Office; Patent Applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty; IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletins; patent family records from INPADOC database; full-text searching of U.S. patents; other patent documents searchable by English language abstract
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)US patents, typically current to most recent issue date; full-text searching available.
esp@cenetSearch applications and patents of European Patent Office and applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty in their original language; search worldwide patent documents with English title and abstract; search Japanese patent documents with English title and abstract
esp@cenet InformationFurther access to collections of member countries in European Patent Office
German Patent Office patent search facilityPermits English language-operated search of patents, and permits identification of patent families
The Dialog CorporationA fee-based collection of databases for searching patents and prior art technology throughout the world; business and other fields are also covered
The NECI Scientific Literature Digital LibraryA less expensive alternative for finding relevant technical literature
NERACA fee-based technology search service having access to a large collection of technical databases

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Research Tools – Technology Information and Search Engines

Britannica.com Inc.Portal web site of the Encyclopedia Britannica, including the full text of articles in the Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as links to relevant sites
ScirusA search engine provided by Elsevier Science that concentrates on scientific content, offering searches of both free and membership sources.
Webopedia.comA web-based encyclopedia of computer and Internet terms, with many relevant links
The Tech Law JournalAn on-line publication that provides news, records, and analysis of legislation, litigation, and regulation affecting the computer and Internet industry
Free On-Line Dictionary of ComputingA web-based dictionary of computing terms
Yahoo! Inc.Portal web site, organized by topic, and with excellent search engine, which uses Google engine for web site searching; the bottom of the first page of a web search permits accessing other search engines
Northern Light Technology Inc.Excellent search engine, which sorts results in to folders
Dogpile.comA meta-search engine, which accesses many other search engines on the World Wide Web
Google GroupsA search engine directed to Usenet news groups and discussion groups, which contain a wide range of information (including much non-information) relevant to almost any conceivable topic; sometimes the only current source of certain technical information
Google.comOne of the best general web-based search engines on the Internet
Edinburgh Engineering Virtual LibraryAccess, by search engine and by topic, to engineering resources on the Web

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Sites of Local Interest

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
City of Boston
Massachusetts Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
Massachusetts Court System
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly On-LineA legal publication reporting legal news in Massachusetts

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