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Information Resources

The following resources address intellectual property and its management for health and agricultural innovation globally and regionally. If you have or know of an additional IP resource that you would like posted in this collection please email us at

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

AUTM is a nonprofit professional association with membership of more than 3,600 intellectual property managers and business executives from 45 countries. The association´┐Żs mission is to advance the field of technology transfer, and enhance our ability to bring academic and nonprofit research to people around the world.

  • AUTM technology transfer resources
    Technology transfer is the process of transferring scientific findings from one organization to another for the purpose of further development and commercialization.

  • AUTM licensing surveys and publications
    The AUTM licensing surveys provide over 15 years of data on technology transfer activities of US and Canadian universities. The AUTM Journal is dedicated to disseminating cutting-edge research and timely discussions of topics vital to technology transfer.

BitLaw: A Resource on Technology Law

BitLaw is a comprehensive Internet resource on technology and intellectual property law. In this site, you will find complete copies of the United States Patent, Copyright, and Trademark statutes, as well as the relevant regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations. Each of these documents include links to the relevant statutory and regulatory sections. Finally, BitLaw contains a great deal of custom written descriptions of how these areas of the law affect the computer and technology industries.

Berkeley Digital Library: Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights

The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE builds digital collections and services while providing information and support to digital library developers worldwide

Copyright Advisory Network

The American Library Association's (ALA) Copyright Advisory Network is an open forum for the discussion of copyright issues. While librarians comprise the target audience, the forum is open to anyone who wants to join. Anonymous subscription is also an option. The network also provides links to a few select resources, including the ALA's companion Web site for the book Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians and the copyright code.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. Led by several Internet and intellectual property experts, Creative Commons offers model language for various copyright licenses. These are alternatives to the standard "all rights reserved." For example, the site offers model language for several types of attribution.

Current Trademark Literature

Edited by University of Texas at Austin law librarian, Jane O'Connell, this resource helps legal professionals stay up to date with legal articles on trademark issues. The citation list appears in reverse chronological order.

Co-founded during March 2002 by Joseph Kraus, former president of, is a consumer advocacy group that promotes fair-use rights to digital media. The Web site is a good source for current news about copyright. To this end, it recently added an RSS news feed. It also promotes the Consumer Technology Bill of Rights and offers an extensive question and answer section, which covers copyright law and legislation.

Gilbert & Tobin Publications

Gilbert & Tobin is an Australian corporate, technology and communications law firm. It provides full-text copies of articles covering timely issues in competition law, business law, intellectual property, tax law, and more. From the home page, select the Publications tab.

Health Heritage Test Database

Developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India, it provides summaries of public domain knowledge concerning the medicinal value of plants. Search by a variety of criteria, including keyword, biology, chemistry or medicinal property. Each summary includes references.


A portal for inventors, InventNET offers several resources of potential interest to researchers. Find a tutorial on how to conduct a patent search, an index of patent forms on the US Patent and Trademark Office Web site, a patent attorney directory and more.

IP Australia

The Commonwealth of Australia offers information about patents, trade marks, designs ("the shape or appearance of manufactured goods"), copyright, circuit layout rights ("the 3-dimensional configuration of electronic circuits in integrated circuit products or layout designs"), plant breeder's rights, trade secrets, and business, company and domain names. The site also provides search access to Australian patents, trade marks and designs.


German patent attorney Axel Horns comments on intellectual property issues concerning the European Union and member countries as well as the World Intellectual Property Organization. A sidebar provides links to many resources of potential interest to intellectual property lawyers with a need for documents and information outside of the United States.

IP-related Treaties

Hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO

Hosted by the World Trade Organization - WTO

Other IP-related Treaties

Intellectual Property (Jurist)

The JURIST Guide to Intellectual Property law: Scholars and policy makers in this field were, among the earliest and most ardent users of the web in disseminating information. There is therefore a huge wealth of intellectual property resources online. This site serves as an entry point to these resources.

KuesterLaw Technology Law Resource - Patent Copyright Trademark

This website is intended to be the most comprehensive resource on the Internet for technology law information, especially including patent, copyright & trademark law. Created and maintained by Jeffrey R. Kuester, KuesterLaw is reportedly the most linked-to intellectual property website on the Internet.

Legal Threats Database

The Citizen Media Law Project, jointly affiliated with Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Center for Citizen Media, makes available a database of information about legal threats. Threats include intellectual property infringement lawsuits, cease and desist letters, defamation actions, civil rights actions, and more. You may search by a variety of criteria including the type of threat, the parties involved, lawyers' names, verdict or settlement amounts, jurisdiction (not limited to the US), Web sites involved, keyword and more. The information provided includes all the above that is relevant as well as the current status and a summary of the threat.

This is an excellent and comprehensive web guide to IP. The site has lots of useful and current information. Although not all resources are instantly accessible without registration, many are. This site contains current information on various changes in IP laws, interpretation of these laws, and litigation outcomes related to IP disputes in a selection of jurisdictions.


Librarian Sharon Stoerger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, maintains an annotated bibliography of articles and other resources covering plagiarism. The extensive bibliography includes resources for instructors and resources for students as well as linked citations for relevant case studies, plagiarism detection tools and examples of term paper sites.

Pierce Law's IP Mall

IP Mall is an award winning intellectual property resource contains a comprehensive listing of IP Web sites and resources available on the Internet. Includes information relating to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.

  • Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    The past decade has witnessed a proliferation of scholarship around the topic of intellectual property law and indigenous people. This link from IP Mall provides links to various informational resources on this topic.

  • Intellectual Asset & Knowledge Management
    Intellectual assets include documents, designs, know-how, software, data, patents and trademarks. They are critical to the delivery of innovative, and cost effective, products and services. This link from IP Mall provides links to various informational resources on management of Knowledge and Intellectual assets.

  • Intellectual Property & the Environment
    There have been recent initiatives towards more sustainable development by going green in the Innovation front. This link from IP Mall provides links to various informational resources on Intellectual Property & the Environment.

  • Intellectual Property & Health
    Argument that intellectual property rights should be construed as a public health issue, rather than a trade issue has scored some victories in challenging the corporate perspective and thus IP and Health is a widely discussed area of study. This link from IP Mall provides links to various informational resources on Intellectual Property & the Health.

  • Intellectual Property & Biotechnology
    Intellectual Property and Biotechnology is of prime interest to lawyers and patent attorneys, scientists and researchers, business managers and technology transfer specialists. This link from IP Mall provides links to various informational resources on this topic.

  • History of Intellectual Property
    A compilation of intellectual property public laws and related legislative history documents. There is an emphasis on hosting older documents which are not readily available in electronic formats.

  • Public Private Partnerships & IP
    In recent years, a number of public-private partnerships have been established with specific products or technologies in various fields and many of them have been successful in areas like Health and Biotechnology. This link from IP Mall provides links to various informational resources on Public Private Partnerships & IP.

  • Public Interest and Social Justice and IP
    Intellectual property in the public interest is increasingly a global concern. The potential ramifications of such efforts are considerable, as intellectual property capacity fosters invention and drives innovation, raising standards of living and promoting international economic development. This link from IP Mall provides links to various informational resources on Public Interest, Social Justice and IP.

  • Nanotechnology and IP
    Nanotech applications are expanding the limits of science and medicine, they are stretching the boundaries of intellectual property law. As with other waves of innovation, nanotechnology will catalyze change in social, scientific, and legal arenas. This link from IP Mall provides links to various informational resources on this topic.

Patent Information Users' Group, Inc (PIUG)

A not-for-profit organization for individuals having a professional, scientific or technical interest in patent information. With the ever increas/ing volume of patents and related technical documents, the effective retrieval and analysis of patent information has become an essential skill in business. The mission of PIUG is therefore to encourage the development of patent information research and analysis systems, to further develop members' patent research and analysis skills, and to provide appropriate recognition for its members excelling in the field. Through this international forum and discussion, we promote and improve the retrieval, analysis and dissemination of patent information.

SciDev.Net (The Science and Development Network)

The Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) aims to provide reliable and authoritative information about science and technology for the developing world. Our goal is to help both individuals and organisations in developing countries make informed decisions about how science and technology can improve economic and social development.

United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Technology Transfer

The NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is working to address global health challenges by facilitating the transfer of technologies to people around the world. With many years of intellectual property management experience, OTT is ideally positioned to move technologies from the public sector to private industry in the US and abroad. To date, over 300 technologies have been licensed to foreign companies. Approximately 200 products utilizing NIH technologies have been commercially marketed through various domestic and international public-private partnerships.

Technology Transfer Tactics

Technology Transfer Tactics provides in-depth guidance designed to hasten and streamline the commercialization process, as well as maximize the financial benefits of that process for your organization.

UPOV (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants)

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). The mission of UPOV is to provide and promote an effective system of plant variety protection, with the aim of encouraging the development of new varieties of plants, for the benefit of society.

  • UPOV Legal Resources
    Includes treaties, plant variety protection laws of member states, lists of plant taxa protected, plant variety statistics, practical technical knowledge, and training opportunities.

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Gateway

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. This web Gateway provides access to WIPO information on patents, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, copyright, and IP for development, as well as WIPO's various IP services, program activities, and other resources.

  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Resources
    The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in each of a large number of countries by filing an "international" patent application.

  • Manual of International Patent Classification (IPC), 2009 Edition (PDF, 288KB)
    The International Patent Classification (IPC) is a hierarchical system in which the whole area of technology is divided into a range of sections, classes, subclasses and groups.

  • Madrid System for International Registration of Trademarks
    The Madrid system for the international registration of marks (the Madrid system) established in 1891 functions under the Madrid Agreement (1891), and the Madrid Protocol (1989).

  • Lisbon System for the International Registration of Appellations of Origin
    The Lisbon system has been established under the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration of 1958 in order to facilitate the international protection of appellations of origin. It is administered by the International Bureau of WIPO.

  • Copyright and Related Rights
    Copyright and related rights are legal concepts and instruments which, while respecting and protecting the rights of creators in their works, also contribute to the cultural and economic development of nations. Copyright law fulfills a decisive role in articulating the contributions and rights of the different stakeholders taking part in the cultural industries and the relation between them and the public.

  • Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources
    WIPO provides a forum for international policy debate and development of legal mechanisms and practical tools concerning the protection of traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (folklore) against misappropriation and misuse, and the intellectual property (IP) aspects of access to and benefit-sharing in genetic resources.