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This page consolidates and provides quick references to some useful resources for understanding intellectual property law and the litigation process.  These resources include links to websites and databases useful for researching intellectual property-related issues, including links to official U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Copyright Office manuals and databases, as well as to the text of the federal rules of procedure that typically govern intellectual property lawsuits.

Irwin IP Resources

Local Rules Map

Link to local rules map

Irwin IP attorneys frequently provide presentations on substantive issues of intellectual property and entertainment law at the behest of clients and for Continuing Legal Education events.  Some of these presentations deemed most responsive to client’s frequent questions are provided here for your convenient reference.

Trade Secrets Map

Link to trade secrets map


Federal Practice and Procedure

This page includes rules related to Intellectual Property Law and beyond. Click here for resources surrounding Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence. You can also find Jury Instructions for multiple circuits, as well as the Delaware Default Standard for Discovery, Including Discovery of ESI, and Delaware Default Standard for Access to Source Code. 


This page briefly summarizes the contents of statutes commonly implicated in intellectual property matters and disputes.


Copyright Resources

On this page you will find links and access to Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Copyright Circulars, and Electronic Copyright Office (eCO).

Patent Resources

Click here for resources surrounding patent research including: Google Patents, Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR), USPTO Patent Search Tools, Patent Trial and Appeal Board End to End (PTAB E2E), Patent Assignment Database, and Manuel of Patent Examining Procedure. 

Trademark Resources

This page gives access to the two major Trademark search engines for all of your researching needs: Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), and Trademark Manuel of Examining Procedure (TMEP).