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Intellectual Property Research Guide: Home



United States intellectual property law comprises three distinct fields: copyright; trademark; and patent law. It protects creations of the human intellect, such as music, literature, scientific discoveries, and inventions. This area of law helps businesses and entrepreneurs develop and refine their products, protects their rights to sell and use their inventions, and allows them to research their competitors' activities. We recommend that you begin your research with secondary sources, such as treatises, legal encyclopedias, and law journal articles.

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