by Lyonette Louis-Jacques
Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law, D'Angelo Law Library.
February 4, 2000
Updated on 8 May 2001.

Key Starting Points:

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
(see also their "Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property" page at, "WIPO Internet Domain Name Process" at,
"Biotechnology" page at and
"Collection of Laws for Electronic Access" at
or (need Macromedia Flash Player);
includes bibliographic citations/references and some full texts
in English translation of foreign intellectual property laws)

UNESCO's Copyright Laws Database ("national legislations on authors rights and neighbouring rights")

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
"International Intellectual Property Topics"
(includes link to "Other Intellectual Property Offices" worldwide at

Intellectual Property Rights Help Desk (European Commission)
(they also publish a free monthly IP newsletter called IP-Wire; for further
details, go to or to subscribe send an
e-mail to

I*M Europe Legal Issues: Law Resources for New Technology in the EU
(see also Domain Names and Trademarks page)

Organization of American States (OAS)
Foreign Trade Information System/Sistema de Información sobre Comercio Exterior (SICE)
(national legislation, directories, and links to official sources on IP information)

The Intellectual Property Mall (Franklin Pierce Law Center)
"Global Directory of International Resources"
(see also IPMenu at

(see also

Lex Mercatoria (International Trade/Commercial Law Monitor):
"an ( international | transnational ) commercial law & e-commerce infrastructure monitor"
Intellectual Property (Protection Of)

Hieros Gamos: The Comprehensive Law and Government Portal
"Intellectual Property Law" (includes links to national government web sites)

Research Guides:

Intellectual Property Research Guide
(by Nicholas Pengelley, Centre for Innovation Law and Policy Librarian,
Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto; focus on Canadian law,
but with information on international intellectual property law resources)

Researching Intellectual Property Law in an International Context (Law Library Resource Xchange (LLRX) feature article, March 1, 2000; by Stefanie Weigmann, Boston University School of Law, Boston University School of Law; includes "primary and secondary hard copy materials, as well as a wealth of Web links encompassing more than 65 countries, sponsored by state and private organizations")

General Sources of Law and Commentary:

Oppedahl & Larson Patent Law Web Server
"Intellectual property resources on the Internet"

All About Trademarks (Guillot & Gazala, L.L.P.)
"International Trademark Laws, Rules, and Treaties"

International Trademark Association (INTA)

World Trade Organization (WTO)
Intellectual Property Page

Cornell University Law School (Supreme Court decisions, United States Code, including
patent, trademark & copyright statutes, etc.; look under "Intellectual Property") property

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)/
Office de Propriété Intellectuelle du Canada
(includes links to international and national intellectual property offices and institutes:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Denmark,
European Patent Office, European Patent Institute (EPI), Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, OHIM, Peru, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Le Portail de la Propriété Intellectuelle
(Institut de Recherche en Propriété Intellectuelle Henri-Desbois (IRPI),
Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II)

Kuesterlaw Technology Law Page (includes links to many sites
of interest to intellectual property lawyers)

Ladas and Parry Intellectual Property newsletter

United States Copyright Office (Library of Congress)

Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright, and Competition Law/
Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Patent-, Urheber- und Wettbewerbsrecht

European Commission, Directorate General Internal Market (DG XV)
"Intellectual & Industrial Property"

EC Information Society Promotion Office (ISPO)
European Commission - Information Society Directorate-General
"Electronic Commerce and the European Union: IPR - Intellectual Property Rights"

European Patent Office (EPO)

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)(Trade Marks and Designs/
Office de l'Harmonisation dans le Marché Interieur (OAMI)(Marques, Dessins, Modèles)
(includes links to national and international industrial property (patents and trademarks) offices:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,
Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States; Benelux, AIM, AIPPI,
EFPIA, MARQUES, EPO, WIPO, WTO; and a trademark search database,
the Community Trade Mark Consultation Service (CTM-ONLINE)

International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)

International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI)

Intellectual Property Institute

International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA)

Asia-Pacific Industrial Property Center (APIC)

Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle/
International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)

UNESCO Communication, Information, Informatics: Webworld (Legal and Ethical Issues) at

World Intellectual Property Report
(London: BNA International Inc., 1987- ). ISSN: 0952-7613. Looseleaf for updating.

International Intellectual Property Coursebook
(page supplementing book by Anthony D'Amato and Doris Estelle Long, West, 2000)

International Encyclopedia of Laws: Intellectual Property
(Hendrik Vanhees ed., The Hague; Boston: Kluwer Law International, 1997- ).
ISBN 906544887X. Looseleaf for updating.

Practising Law Institute (PLI)
Global Trademark & Copyright 1998: Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in The International Marketplace
(Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Literary Property Course Handbook Series)
(annual PLI publication begun in 1994)

Washburn University College of Law
WashLaw WEB - Intellectual Property Law Page
Includes links to the following International Intellectual Property Law
looseleaf legal treatises published by Matthew Bender
(subscription required to access full texts of chapters online):

  1. International Computer Law
  2. International Copyright Law and Practice
  3. World Patent Law and Practice
  4. World Trademark Law and Practice

Electronic Discussion Groups:

CNI-COPYRIGHT on LISTPROC@CNI.ORG (Copyright and Intellectual Property Forum) at

(International Intellectual Property Law and Practice)
- open list at

INTPROP-L (European Intellectual Property Law list)

Lyo's Law Lists:


Center for Intellectual Property Law
Whittier Law School (Costa Mesa, California)
Intellectual Property on the Pacific Rim: Asia, Latin America and the United States (March 17, 2000)

Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP)
University of Washington School of Law (Seattle)
2000 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice (Summer Institute, July 10-July 28, 2000; 3-week course covering U.S. and international IP law)

Please send correspondence on resources related to foreign, comparative, and international intellectual property law (copyrights, trademarks, patents; industrial property; trade secrets) to Lyonette Louis-Jacques at