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This page contains basic information about the primary sources for patent law.
For information about accessing cases, regulations, or statutes relating to patents go to the "Databases" tab and select the relevant resource.
For databases for searching pending and issued patents, go to "IP Applications/Registrations."
For secondary sources, such as books or articles, go to the "Books" or "Journals" tabs.
For websites of agencies or entities involved in, or websites about, patents, go to the "Web Resources" tab.
Statutes, Regulations, and Agency Manuals and Publications
Title 35 of the United States Code
USCA, Call No. KF 62 .W4
USCS, Call No. KF 62 1972 .L38
For databases with the statute, click the link above.
Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations
CFR, Call No. KF 70 .A3
The link above is to the eCFR at the Government Publishing Office (GPO). For access to the CFR through other databases, go to "Databases" tab and select "Regulations."
Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
Includes rules for processing patent applications, maintaining registrations, appeals, and interferences.
Patent Trial and Appeal Board Consolidated Trial Practice Guide, November, 2019
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) guide for standard practices before PTAB for America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method reviews, and derivation proceedings.