International Intellectual Property

A Resource Guide by Matt Morrison

  1. Starting Points
  2. International IP Basics
  3. Sources by IP Category


 I. Starting Points


   A. Cornell Law Library Website

From here you can access the Library Catalog and the Library Gateway. Also, from the Resources and Quick Links sections, you can access numerous online resources including, Lexis, Westlaw, Hein-on-Line, Matthew Bender Online, etc.  For interdisciplinary research, use the Find Databases research tool on the Library Gateway.  Databases to consider include ArticleFirst, PAIS International, Factiva, AltPressIndex, and more.

   B. Research Guides

1.   Germain's Transnational Law Research: A Guide for Attorneys.  Looseleaf.  Law Library Reserve, K85 .G37 1991- .

- Within Chapter IV is a section devoted to intellectual property, pages IV-185 - IV-216.

2.   Bynum's Foreign and International Law Sources on the Net. See.

3.   Louis-Jacques's Researching International Intellectual Property Law: Internet Resources. See.  

4.   Weigmann's Researching Intellectual Property Law in an International Context. See

5.   Liu's Online Resources on Intellectual Property Rights. See.

   C. Legal Periodical Indexes

1.   Legal Resource Index

Lexis:  Secondary Legal --> Annotations and Indexes

Westlaw:  LRI

CD-ROM: LegalTrac dedicated computer in Reading Room, Alcove 45.

Print: In Current Law Index, Law Library Reference, Index Table, Reading Room, K33 .C97

2.   Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

Online: Via Library Gateway or link from Law Library web site Resources --> Selected Research Databases --> Legal Periodical Indexes   

See.

Print:  Law Library Reference, Index Table, Reading Room, KF8 .I37

3.   Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Online: Via Library Gateway or link from Law Library web site Resources --> Selected Research Databases --> Legal Periodical Indexes 

See.

 Print: Law Library Reference, Index Table, Reading Room, K33 .I38

4.   Current Index to Legal Periodicals

Westlaw: CILP

Print:  Law Library Reference, Index Table, Reading Room, KF8 .W31


For description and comparison of these periodical indexes , see.


 II. International IP Basics


   A. Major Organizations

1.   WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)

General information on WIPO; texts and status of WIPO-administered treaties; IP Digital Library; Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA), which includes full-text national laws.

2.   World Trade Organization

Information on the WTO, GATT, Uruguay Round, TRIPS, has a section devoted to IP.

   B. Major Conventions and their Sources

1.   Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, 331 UNTS 217.

Online:  WIPO web site, see.

Also in United Nations Treaty Collection, an online subscription.  Access via Library Gateway --> Find Databases.

Print: Treaty Series/United Nations.  Law Library, Microfiche 123

2.   Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, 21 UST 1583; 24 UST 2140; TIAS 6923, 7727; 6 ILM 806.

Online:  WIPO web site, see

Also, International Legal Materials is available on the web via Hein-on-Line.  Also available on Lexis (1962-present) at International Legal Materials, INTLAW;ILM

Available on Westlaw (1980-present) at ILM.

Print:  United States Treaties and Other International Agreements.  (UST) Law Library, JX235.9 .A325.  Treaties and Other International Acts Series.  (TIAS) Law Library, JX235.9 .A32.  International Legal Materials.  (ILM) Law Library, JX68 .I61

3.   Universal Copyright Convention, 6 UST 2732; 216 UNTS 133.

Online: UNESCO site, see.

Also on United Nations Treaty Collection.  Access via Library Gateway --> Find Databases. 

Print:  United States Treaties and Other International Agreements.  (UST) Law Library, JX235.9 .A325.  Treaty Series/United Nations.  Law Library, Microfiche 123

4.   Patent Cooperation Treaty, 28 UST 7645; TIAS 8733.

Online: WIPO web site, see.

Print:  United States Treaties and Other International Agreements.  (UST) Law Library,JX235.9 .A325.  Treaty Series/United Nations.  Law Library, Microfiche 123

5.   European Patent Convention, 13 ILM 268.

Online: European Patent Office web site, see

Also, International Legal Materials is available on the web via Hein-on-Line.  Also available on Lexis (1962-present) at International Legal Materials, INTLAW;ILM.

Available on Westlaw (1980-present) at ILM.

Print:  International Legal Materials.  (ILM) Law Library, JX68 .I61

6.   Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, 33 ILM 81.

Online:  WTO Site, see

Also, International Legal Materials is available on the web via Hein-on-Line.  Also available on Lexis (1962-present) at International Legal Materials, INTLAW;ILM.

Available on Westlaw (1980-present) at ILM.

Print:  International Legal Materials.  (ILM) Law Library, JX68 .I61

7.   These and many other intellectual property treaties are available in International Treaties on Intellectual Property, 2nd ed.  1997.  Law Library Reference, K1401 .A35 I61 1997. 

  C. General International Intellectual Property Sources

1.   Abbot, Frederick M. The International Intellectual Property System: Commentary and Materials, 1999.  Law Library Reserve, K1401 .A913x 1999.

2.   CLEA: WIPO's Collection of Laws for Electronic Access. See

3.   Dinwoodie, Graeme B. International Intellectual Property Law and Policy, 2001.  Law Library, K1401 .D56x 2001.

4.   Gervais, Daniel J. The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, 1998.  Law Library, K1401 .A41994 G47x 1998.

5.   Goldstein, Paul. International Legal Materials on Intellectual Property, 2002.  Law Library Reserve, K1401 .A35 G65x 2002.

6.   Intellectual Property and International Trade: The TRIPS Agreement, 1998.  Law Library, K1401 .A41994 C67x 1998.

7.   Intellectual Property: Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, 1995-   .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1401 .I612.

8.   Intellectual Property Laws of the Middle East and North Africa. See.

9.   International Intellectual Property and the Common Law World, 2000.  Law Library, K1401 .I583 2000.

10.  Plant, David W. Resolving International Intellectual Property Disputes, 1999.  Law Library, K1401 .P53x 1999.

11.  SICE National Intellectual Property Laws by CountrySee.

12.  Wadlow, Christopher. Enforcement of Intellectual Property in European and International Law: The New Private International Law of Intellectual Property in the United Kingdom and the European Community, 1998.  K1401 .W33x 1998.

13. World Intellectual Property Rights and Remedies, 1999- .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1401 .A49 D572.


 III. Sources by IP Category


  A. Copyright

1.   Texts, Treatises, Sources of Law

a.   Copyright Infringement, 1997.  Law Library, K1420.5 .C67x 1997.

b.   Copyright Laws and Treaties of the World, 1956-   .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1419.2.  (Not recently updated).

c.   European Intellectual Property LawsSee. (Mostly copyright materials).

d.   Intellectual Property Treaties from Basic Documents of International Economic Law.  On Lexis at COPYRT;TREATY.  On Westlaw at IEL.

e.   International Copyright Law and Practice, 1988-   .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1420.5 .I61 1988.  Also available online via Matthew Bender Online subscription linked from Law Library web site.  Also on Lexis, COPYRT;INTCLP.

f.   International Information Technology Law, 1997.  Law Library, K564 .C6 I61 1997.

g.   Legal Information Institute's Law About CopyrightSee. Contains links to U.S. and international copyright sources and other materials.

h.   Ricketson, Sam. Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works: 1886-1986, 1987.  Law Library, K1412.2 .R53 1987.

i.   Stewart, Stephen M. International Copyright and Neighbouring Rights, 1989.  Law Library Reference, K1411.6 .S85 1989.  See also volume 2, 2nd ed., 1993.

j.   UNESCOs Collection of National Copyright Laws. See. The site currently has about 100 laws, not all of which are in English. Continual updates.

2.   Periodicals

a.   Copyright Bulletin.  Law Library, K1411.2 .C78.  Online access to issues from 1998 forward available. See.

b.   Copyright World.  Law Library, K1411.2 .C787.

c.   IP Worldwide.  Available on Lexis, COPYRT;IPWW

d.   WIPO Magazine.  Law Library, K1401 .A13 I4213.  See also the predecessor publication: Industrial Property and Copyright.  Law Library, K1401 .A13 I42.  Recent issues available on WIPO web site. See.   

3.   Organization Web Sites

a.   U.S. Copyright Office.

   B. Patent and Trade Secrets

1.   Texts, Treatises, Sources of Law

a.   Intellectual Property Treaties from Basic Documents of International Economic Law.  On Lexis at COPYRT;TREATY. On Westlaw at IEL.

b.   International Patent Litigation: A Country-by-Country Analysis, 1983-   .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1505.6 .I61 1983.

c.   Legal Information Institute's Law About PatentSee. Including U.S. and international patent law and other materials.

d.   Patent Abstracts of China. On Westlaw at CHINAE.

e.   Patent Abstracts of Japan. On Lexis at PATENT;JPAT.  On Westlaw at JAPIO.

f.   Patent Cooperation Treaty Patents.  On Westlaw at PCT.

g.   Patents, European Full-text.  On Lexis at PATENT;EPOPAT.  On Westlaw at PATENTS-EURO.

h.   Patents, French.  On Westlaw at PATENTS-FR.

i.   Patents Throughout the World, 2002-   .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1505 .P38.

j.   Worldwide Trade Secrets Law, 1993-   .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1577 .W92.

2.   Periodicals

a.   IP Worldwide.  Available on Lexis at PATENT;IPWW

b.   Patent World.  Law Library, K1501.2 .P29.

c.   WIPO Magazine.  Law Library, K1401 .A13 I4213. See also the predecessor publication Industrial Property and Copyright.  K1401 .A13 I42. Recent issues available on WIPO web site. See

3.   Organization Web Sites

a.   U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

b.   European Patent Office. Includes searchable text of European Patent Convention.

c.   Japan Patent Office

   C. Trademark and Licensing

1.   Texts, Treatises, Sources of Law

a.   Eckstrom's Licensing in Foreign and Domestic Operations.  On Westlaw at ECKLICN.

b.   Intellectual Property Treaties from Basic Documents of International Economic Law.  On Lexis at COPYRT;TREATY.  On Westlaw at IEL.

c.   The Law and Business of Licensing: Licensing in the 21st Century, 2001-   .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1528 .Z9 L411.

d.   Legal Information Institute's Law About TrademarkSee. Includes U.S., international, and other materials.

e.   Trademarks Throughout the World, 2003-   .  Looseleaf.  Law Library, K1555.4 .T763.  Available on Westlaw at TMWORLD.

f.   World Trademark Law and Practice.  Available on Lexis at TRDMRK;WTMLAW.

2.   Periodicals

a.   IP Worldwide.  Available on Lexis at TRDMRK;IPWW

b.   Trademark World.  Law Library, K1551.2 .T76.  Library owns through 2000.

c.   WIPO Magazine.  Law Library, K1401 .A13 I4213.  See also the predecessor publication Industrial Property and Copyright.  K1401 .A13 I42.  Recent issues available on WIPO web site. See.  

3.   Organization Web Sites

a.   International Trademark Association.

b.   U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Matt Morrison   
September 2003