Comparative Intellectual Property Law -- Research Resources

Prepared for Professor Olufunmilayo Arewa's intellectual property class by Irene Berkey, Foreign and International Law Librarian, Spring 2009.

For questions, contact Library Reference, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian (e-mail | (312) 503-8451) .

This is a selective list of resources available in print or electronically at Northwestern University School of Law. Some electronic resources are available only to persons who are affiliated with Northwestern University and/or who are accessing the resource from the Northwestern campus or the law school buildings.

Research Guides

Electronic Collections of Legislative Texts

  • CLEA: Collection of Laws for Electronic Access. From the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this database provides access to "intellectual property legislation from a wide range of countries and regions as well as to treaties on intellectual property."
  • UNESCO Collection of National Copyright Laws. Provides texts of "national copyright and related rights legislation of UNESCO Member States." Texts are official translations, provided by UNESCO member states, in one of the official UNESCO languages.

Other Multi-Country Electronic Resources

  • Baxter World Patent Law. (LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community: BAXPAL)
    Area of Law-By Topic > Patent Law > Search Analysis, Law Reviews & Journals > Matthew Bender ®.
  • Baxter World Patent Law Index. (LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community: I00055)
    Same path as Baxter World Patent Law, above.
  • Patents Throughout the World, 4th ed. (Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community: PATWORLD)
    International/Worldwide Materials > Multi-National Materials > Patents and Trademarks
  • Trademarks Throughout the World, 5th ed. (Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community: TMWORLD)
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Digest.
    Multi-country, multi-topic. Within each country, see topic “Intellectual Property.� Each country’s digest usually prepared by a leading law firm in the country and revised annually.
    LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community: INTDIG: Legal > Find Laws by Country or Region > Search International Law Digests. Do segment search by “Cite� [name of country] and “Heading� [intellectual property].
  • Economist Intelligence Unit Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community. Database of international business intelligence, including commercial, financial, investment, trade information on, and profiles for, over 200 countries. Discusses intellectual property in the context of the regulatory environment of a country. Select a country; see "Country Commerce" report; select topic "Licensing."
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • The IP Mall--Pierce Law Center. Franklin Pierce Law Center. A "unique collection of Pierce Law hosted intellectual property resources and links to the most valuable IP resources in the world (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, technology transfer, etc.)."
  • IP Menu From IP Organisers Pty Ltd., an Australian company, this site provides access by country or by property type.
  • Lex Mercatoria: Intellectual Property . University of Oslo and Pace University.
  • Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law
  • European Patent Office
  • European Union: Copyright and Neighbouring Rights

Multi-Country Print Resources

  • International Encyclopaedia of Laws: Intellectual Property (Kluwer Law International, 1997-) (looseleaf).
    I,MON K 1401 .I5828 1997 vols. 1-5
  • Adeney, Elizabeth. The Moral Rights of Authors and Performers: An International and Comparative Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2006). Includes individual chapters on France, Germany, Canada, United States, and Australia, and appendix, "Comparative Table of National Moral Rights."
    I,MON K 1430 .A34 2006
  • Patent Enforcement Worldwide: A Survey of 15 Countries: Writings in Honour of Dieter Stauder, 2nd ed., edited by Christopher Heath and Laurence Petit (Hart, 2005).
    I,MON K 1505 .P374 2005
  • Sterling, J.A.L. World Copyright Law: Protection of Authors' Works, Performances, Phonograms, Films, Video, Broadcasts and Published Editions in National, International and Regional Law, 2nd ed. (Sweet & Maxwell, 2003). Includes "Reference List of National Laws and supplementary materials."
    I,MON K 1420.5 .S728 2003

Finding Books at Northwestern University

  • The preceding section explains how clicking on the "Library of Congress Subject Headings" in a catalog record can help to focus a search. Subject headings can also be searched directly. From the NUcat "Search" tab, search in "Subject Heading" or "Browse Subject Heading" Some Library of Congress Subject Headings are listed below. (The dashes and parentheses can be omitted.)

    Copyright--Japan
    Design protection (international law)
    Intellectual property--Africa
    Intellectual property--Asia
    Intellectual property-- Europe
    Intellectual property--European Union countries
    Intellectual property--Korea (south)
    Intellectual property--law and legislation--
    Intellectual property (international law)
    Patent laws and legislation--European Union countries
    Technology transfer
    Trademarks--law and legislation-- Germany

Finding Books at Other Libraries

  • WorldCatAvailable from anywhere to members of the Northwestern Law community. WorldCat is a catalog with records from thousands of libraries. It can be used to identify materials not held by Northwestern University. Northwestern University students can place interlibrary loan requests either directly through WorldCat or via the interlibrary loan request form found on the library's home page.

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