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Understanding Patents and Copyright: Home

Introduction

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

IP is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works. (Source: World Intellectual Property Organization)

Featuring a selected list of library and Internet resources with specific topics and categories, this Topical Research Guide aims at facilitating researchers to explore and capture relevant patents and copyright information required at different stages of the research cycle in the course of creating knowledge, inventions and processes.

Patents

 

  Library Collections

 

  Electronic Resources

 

  Internet Resources 

Law

Science/Engineering

Medical

General

Government offices

Databases

  • Patent Lens : a worldwide, open-access, free full-text patent informatics resource.
  • Scitopia.org : a free searching tool for scholarly literature including patents and government data

Patent Search

Copyright

 

  Books

 

  Electronic Databases

 

  Internet Resources

Law

  • Lloyd's Law Reports (via i-law.com) (current) : law reports, journal articles and texts on different subject areas including intellectual property, copyright and patent.
  • Westlaw HK : authorized case law, legislation, journals, commentary from HK and UK.
  • Westlaw International : case Law, legislation, law reviews, treatises, and directories organized by topical and jurisdictional libraries from other western countries such as USA, EU, Canada and Australia.

Science/Engineering

General

Government offices

Asia-Pacific

North America

Europe

General