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Topics in International Law: International Intellectual Property

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Organizations and Agreements

World Intellectual Property Organization

  • WIPO website: Treaties, publications, national patent laws
  • WIPO Treaties: Treaties administered by WIPO, including the WIPO Convention. Treaty pages include treaty text and a summary,  model forms, a summary, member states, and additional information.
  • WIPO Lex IP law database with national laws and treaties. Intellectual property legislation by country, with citations, dates, cross-references, and text in official languages, English, and French.


WTO TRIPS and Intellectual Property

The World Trade Organization has the TRIPS (Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) agreement on the WTO website, with documents, publications notifications by members to the Council for TRIPS on member state policies on intellectual property protection.

USPTO (US Patent & Trademark Office)

USPTO International intellectual property page (Office of Policy and International Affairs):  Links to international and regional intellectual property organizations, treaties, and other information.

Foreign Patent Offices

Secondary Sources

Bloomberg BNA World Intellectual Property Report

Westlaw:  Treaties under Secondary Sources>Intellectual Property include Guide to European Patents, Patents Throughout the World, Trademark Practice Throughout the World, and Copyright Throughout the World, and World Copyright Law.

Research Guides

ASIL Electronic Research Guide: International Intellectual Property Law

Peace Palace Library: Intellectual Property

Cornell Law Library: International Intellectual Property

Columbia Law Library: Resource Guide for Researching Intellectual Property law in an International Context

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