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Intellectual Property Law Collection

A wealth of intellectual property material including legislative histories, treatises, documents, books, periodicals, and more relating to copyrights, patents, and trademarks.

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About Intellectual Property

Modern usage of the term "intellectual property" which refers to a work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, goes back at least as far as 1888 with the founding in Bern of the Swiss Federal Office for Intellectual Property. It wasn’t until the establishment of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1967 that the term really began to be used in the United States, and it didn’t enter popular usage until the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980.

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Explore more than 8.3 million pages of legislative histories, treatises, books, classic works, periodicals, and more related to copyrights, patents, and trademarks in the United States. 


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