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									Intellectual Property Research
International IP research generally


¡   often integrated into US sources
¡   Westlaw and Lexis useful
¡   relatively easy to get materials
¡   expanded beyond traditional
    patents, copyright, trade secrets,
    and trademark
Most IP law is still national

¡   national laws and regulations
¡   national case law in common law
    countries (and even civil)
¡   no significant international tribunals
¡   but treaties are still important
Types of relevant treaties
¡   defining international, basic
    standards of IP protection
¡   making one filing effective in
    member states -- Global protection
    system treaties
¡   setting up classification systems --
    classification treaties
¡   trade and investment treaties w/IP
    provisions
TRIPS Agreement

¡   WTO member countries must
    comply w/main WIPO conventions
    l   Paris (patents)
    l   Berne (copyright)
¡   Adds additional obligations: “Berne
    and Paris plus”
¡   FTAs may add “TRIPS-plus”
    obligations
Finding treaties

¡   good internet sources
    l   WIPO
    l   WTO
    l   UNESCO
Trademark

¡   Paris Convention (old) addressed
    some issues
¡   formerly nation-by-nation
¡   Madrid Agreement/Protocol --
    Madrid Union
¡   no international enforcement
Researching trademark law

¡   US treatises like McCarthy on
    Trademarks
¡   WIPO site
¡   national PTO sites
¡   Madrid Express database -- marks
Internet domain names

¡   alphanumeric address of group of
    computers (e.g., wto.org)
¡   relationship with trademark
¡   42 classes of trademarks—similar
    marks in different classes
    l   genuine conflicts
    l   cybersquatting
Researching domain name
disputes

¡   trademark sources
¡   US laws and cases
¡   foreign laws
¡   WIPO site - dispute resolution
¡   “e-commerce” and “cyberlaw”
    treatises
Domain name arbitration
—finding aids
¡   WIPO Index of WIPO UDRP Panel
    Decisions:
    http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/legalin
    dex.jsp


¡   Search WIPO Cases and WIPO Panel
    Decisions:
    http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domai
    ns/search/
Copyright

¡   Berne Convention
    l   national treatment
    l   administered by WIPO
¡   UCC (less important)
¡   “internet” or “WIPO treaties”
    l   WCT
    l   WPPT
¡   foreign law differs
Researching copyright

¡   US sources like Nimmer, Copyright
    Law Reporter (CCH)
¡   collections of national laws
    l   WIPO
    l   UNESCO
    l   print
¡   collections of treaties
Patents

¡   Paris Convention
    l   national treatment again
    l   old
    l   US has ratified some parts
¡   Patent Cooperation Treaty
    l   promotes parallel procedures for filings
¡   Patent Law Treaty
    l   increased harmonization
Patent research

¡   WIPO site
    l   reports
    l   treaties
    l   background
    l   national laws
¡   national PTO sites
¡   US treatises (Chisum, Moy’s Walker
    on Patents, etc.)
Patent research con’t

¡   European Patent Office
¡   World Patent Law and Practice (on
    LexisNexis)
¡   Practising Law Institute, ALI-ABA
    continuing legal ed. publications
WIPO’s WIPO Lex
WIPO Lex search results
WIPO Lex –look for
“consolidations”
Other sources

¡   National patent, trademark and
    copyright offices
¡   UNESCO has copyright laws
¡   Older print collections of laws—
    copyright, patent, trademark
¡   BNA World Intellectual Property
    Report

								
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