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Intellectual Property Research Guide: General IP Resources and Treatises


Intellectual Property materials are generally found in the call number range KF2971-KF3193.

Books are on 10 or in Academic Success on 6 (and in rare cases, on reserve on 6).

Related Subject Headings include:

Intellectual property -- United States

Copyright -- United States

Patent laws and legislation -- United States

Patents -- United States

License agreements -- United States

Foreign licensing agreements

Patent licenses -- United States

Trademarks -- Law and legislation -- United States

Trade secrets -- United States

Illinois Resources

IICLE: Intellectual Property, KF2979 .I58 2008, and on IICLE Smartbooks

Midwest Transaction Guide, KF890 M54, and on Lexis

Multi-Volume Treatises

Howard B. Abrams, The Law of Copyright, available in Westlaw

Donald S. Chisum, Chisum on Patents (1978-date) 10th floor, available in Lexis

Jay Dratler, Jr., Intellectual Property Law: Commercial, Creative, and Industrial Property (1991-date) 10th floor - KF2979 .D72

Jay Dratler, Jr., Licensing of Intellectual Property (1994-2009) 10th floor - KF3145 .D75

Jerome Gilson & Anne Gilson LaLonde, Gilson on Trademarks (1974-date) 10th floor - KF3180 .G428 , available in Lexis

Melvin F. Jager, Trade Secrets Law, available in Westlaw

J. Thomas McCarthy, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition (4th ed. 1996-date) 10th floor - KF3180 .M127 , available in Westlaw

Roger M. Milgrim, Milgrim on Licensing (1990-date) 10th floor - KF3145.A6 M55, available in Lexis

Roger M. Milgrim, Milgrim on Trade Secrets (1969-date) 10th floor - KF3197.A6 M598, available in Lexis

R. Carl Moy, Moy’s Walker on Patents (4th ed. 2003-date) 10th floor - KF3114 M69, available in Westlaw

Melville B. Nimmer & David Nimmer, Nimmer on Copyright (1974-date) 10th floor - KF2991.5 .N5, available in Lexis

William F. Patry, Patry on Copyright (2006-date) 10th floor - KF2991.5 .P38, available in Westlaw

Peter D. Rosenberg, Patent Law Fundamentals, available in Westlaw

One-Volume Treatises & Hornbooks


Robert L. Harmon, Patents and the Federal Circuit (12th ed. 2015-date) 10th floor - KF3114 .H347

Ronald B. Hildreth, Patent Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (4th ed. 2012) 10th floor - KF3098 .H54 2012

Siegrun D. Kane, Kane on Trademark Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (5th ed. 2007-date) 10th floor - KF3180 .K35

Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Trade Secrets: A Practitioner’s Guide (2d ed. 2005-date) 10th floor - KF3197 .P47

Online Services

Hein Online

HeinOnline has a specific Intellectual Property Library, allowing for searching across all of Hein's IP information including

  • More than 100 legislative histories, including a complete history of copyright laws from 1909 to date
  • More than 400 books
  • Code of Federal Regulations Title 37
  • U.S. Code Titles 17 & 35
  • Manual of Patent Examining Procedure
  • More than 50 journals
  • Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure

HeinOnline, has an iPhone/iPad/itouch app to download.  Researchers can read articles and documents in PDF,  browse by volume, navigate a volume with the electronic table of contents, and use full advanced searching techniques. The app will allow access to all of the HeinOnline collections our library subscribes to including the Law Journal Library, the Intellectual Property Library, and the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library.

To make sure that the app continues to work for you, you will need to access the app at least every thirty days while on the JMLS wireless network.


The BNA library (also on Lexis and Westlaw), includes


The CCH library, includes

  • Title 21 and 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations; 
  • The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure;
  • Kluwer IP Manual (guide to international IP law);
  • The Copyright Law Reporter
  • The Trademark Law Guide
  • Many treatises, including
    • IP & Antitrust (Hovenkamp)
    • Business Method Patents
    • Law of Digital Communications
    • Drafting Internet Agreements
    • Guide to Computer Law
    • Law of the Internet
    • Patent Claim Construction
    • Patent Disputes
    • Transfering Invention Rights

    Some of the IP Academic Success Books

    The library has many of IP-related study guides in the Academic Success collection on the 6th Floor.

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