Intellectual Property Resources

Intellectual Property Resources

United States Copyright Office

A resource for information about U.S. copyright law and publications, the operations of the U.S. Copyright Office and related congressional testimony. The site provides guidance on how to register and record works for copyright protection, and allows you to search for copyright records dating back to 1978.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Trademark Database

A comprehensive database of trade-marks and service marks that have been registered or applied for. You can search the database to find out if a trademark or service mark has already been registered or applied for that is similar to the mark you are hoping to register and is used on related products or for related services.

Copyright Clearance Center

An organization that supports copyright content creators as a rights “broker.” It enables academic institutions and businesses to get permission to photocopy, post and print published works, and enables publishers and authors to approve licenses and track and receive royalty payments.

Copyright Alliance

A non-partisan public interest organization that represents artists and innovators across a spectrum of disciplines, including membership organizations, associations, companies, guilds, artists and innovators.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCI)

U.S. law that criminalizes the production and dissemination of technologies aimed at circumventing measures used to control access to copyrighted works.

Open Source Initiative

An organization that promotes open-source computer software. Source code is made available under a license permitting users to use, change, distribute and improve the software.

Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

An international alliance of over 800 academic and research libraries seeking to expand the open dissemination of scholarly research.

European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR is a regulation that was enacted to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe and protect the data privacy of European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens. It applies not only to EU organizations, but also to organizations located outside the EU that offer goods or services to Europeans.  Any US-based organization that processes or holds “personal data” of individuals who reside in the EU or EEA needs to comply with the GDPR, even if the organization does not have a business presence within the EU.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

A 1998 law that requires operators of websites that are directed to children under 13 and collect personal information from those children to give notice to parents and get consent before collecting, using or disclosing the information, and to keep secure the information they collect. A revised COPPA rule was enacted, effective July 1, 2013, updating the definition of children’s personal information to include identifiers such as cookies that track children’s activities online, as well as geo-location information, photos, videos and audio recordings.

Faculty Consulting Agreements

Companies and faculty who are considering entering into consulting relationships should recognize that their perspectives may be very different on issues such as confidentiality, ownership of intellectual property, non-compete requirements, and indemnification.

Is Your Use Fair Use?

Understand the circumstances under which a copyrighted work may be used without the permission of the copyright owner.


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