Copyright Timeline: A History of Copyright in the United States http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/copyresources/copytimeline.shtml
Copyright, Patent & Trademark
Written and compiled by Association of Research Libraries staff.
Copyright Term and Public Domain for the U.S. http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/public_domain/
Easy to read chart of copyright terms and public domain status for a variety of places and types of publications.
Copyright Law and Policy http://www.copyright.gov/laws/
Copyright Office Publications http://www.copyright.gov/pubs.html
Guidelines and Policies from Library and Education Organizations
Resources for writers and others
US Copyright Office FAQ http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/
“frequently asked questions about copyright, registration, and services of the Office.”
How to Register Works http://www.copyright.gov/register/
“In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection.”
Patents & Trademarks
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) http://www.uspto.gov/
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) exists "to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution).The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the Nation’s technological progress and achievement."
Patent Database http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html
Full text since 1976, full page images since 1790
Georgetown DNA Patent Database http://dnapatents.georgetown.edu
"Serves as a resource for members of the general public interested in fields like genomics, genetics and biotechnology. The DNA Patent Database contains a collection of DNA-based patents and patent applications issued by the United State Patent and Trademark Office, and makes the full-text versions of such patents available at not cost to the public. This searchable database allows researchers to track data or trends of patents and patent applications in categories such as the date of issue, the inventor or the receipt of government funding."
Patent Law (Legal Information Institute) http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Patent
A full set of resources federal law, court cases, links to international information
Patent and Trademark Research Guide http://www.nypl.org/research/sibl/pattrade/TradePat/tradepathome.htm
From the the New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library