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).
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A patent is a monopoly, granted by the federal government for a limited period of time, to make, use, or sell an invention. Today, patents are granted in the United States by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) of the Department of Commerce. The British origins of American patent law extend back to the Letters of Protection to John Kempe, issued in 1331, and the Statute of Monopolies enacted in 1624. After American independence, under the Articles of Confederation, the power to grant patents was retained by the states. Under the Constitution, the federal government was so empowered by Article I, Section 8, Clause 8. Since Gibbons v. Ogden, 22 U.S. 1 (1824), as a practical matter, the states have not been in the business of granting patents.
The First Congress passed the Patent Act of 1790. Subsequent statutes involving patents were enacted in 1793, 1836, and 1870. During the next 82 years some 60 additional amendments were enacted. The next major revision came in the form of the Patent Act of 1952, which is the statute still in effect, as amended. This may be found at 35 U.S.C. Sections 1-376.
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Michael A. Epstein, Epstein on Intellectual Property (5th ed. 2005-date) KF 2976.5 E67
Roger E. Schechter & John R. Thomas, Intellectual Property: The Law of Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks (2003) - KF2980 .S3 2003
Siegrun D. Kane, Kane on Trademark Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (5th ed. 2007-date) - KF3180 .K35