Trademark Law Research Guide

This guide focuses on one area of intellectual property law, trademark law, and provides an introduction to materials used to research trademark law in the United States.


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This guide was created for students conducting research in the area of trademark law. This guide, while not comprehensive, provides a solid starting point for research in this subject area.

Getting Started

Cornell LII's Wex, a free legal dictionary and legal encyclopedia, provides a quick overview of trademark law, including links to statutes, cases, treaties, and key internet sources.

For a more thorough overview of various aspects of U.S. trademark law, see the resources provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on its website:

In addition, the following may be useful starting points for those new to trademark law principles:

Additional Research Guides

The loose-leaf treatise Specialized Legal Research (Penny Hazelton, ed.) includes a very thorough chapter on researching federal patent and trademark law.  It is available in print at the Williams Reference Desk (KF240 .S64 2014).

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Update History

Links 6/2020 (SLN)
Updated 7/2022 (AG)