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Intellectual Property Law

What is Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law is concerned with encouraging human innovation and creativity without unduly restricting dissemination of its fruits. Intellectual property is broad in scope covering a wide spectrum of creative mediums: literature, visual arts, music, drama, movies, biotechnology, computer software, etc.

Intellectual Property can be grouped into four different categories: Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Copyrights, and Patents. These four categories illustrate only one way to organize the various subsets of Intellecual Property Law. Another growing area of Intellectual Property Law is International Intellectual Property Law because of the varying degrees of rights one has in creative innovation. This page contains a link under the "Other Reasearch Guides" tab to a few International Intellectual Property Law Reserach Guides.

Study Aids for Intellectual Property

Print and Electronic Resources at Georgia State University

Intellectual Property Blogs

Blogs and Internet News Sites for Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Law Databases

Helpful Intellectual Property Databases

Intellectual Property Treatises

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