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Useful Websites

Copyright and Patents

  • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use [PDF] — by ARL – Association of Research Libraries. Deals with copyright and fair use questions commonly encountered in the higher education environment
  • Copyright and Fair Use — brief primer by Stanford U. Libraries on copyright and fair use, including court cases, legislation, and regulations
  • Copyright Crash Course — by the University of Texas Libraries. Covers copyright, fair use and other issues related to intellectual property
  • Copyright Public Records Portal — your starting point for finding copyright records held by the Copyright Office. Search our online records, learn about our searching and retrieval services, and view educational videos and materials
  • Copyright Resources — copyright guide by UTD Eugene McDermott Library's Interlibrary Loan librarian, Travis Goode
  • Creative Commons — a nonprofit organization that develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. “Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally”
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier System) — by the International DOI Foundation (IDF). Definition of DOI, documentation on standards for establishing DOIs, and DOI name lookup (find documents by DOI name/number)
  • European Patent Office (EPO): Searching Patents —  search and register for European patents
  • Fair Use Guide — guide to fair use, including the Four Factor Test, from the UT Austin Libraries
  • Free DOI Lookup — by Crossref. find a document’s DOI through a bibliographic metadata search (i.e., by author, journal/article/book title, ISSN/ISBN, etc.)
  • Google – Advanced Patent Search
  • Open Patent Services (OPS) — by EPO (European Patent Office). Designed for automated queries, OPS delivers production-stable and high-quality raw patent data. Requires free registration
  • Patentscope — by WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization. Search millions of patent documents including millions of published international patent applications (PCT). Updated daily
  • TOSBack: Terms-of-Service Tracker — tracking over 50 company and website terms-of-service and customer policy changes in real-time, e.g., changes in Facebook’s, Google’s, Verizon’s, Comcast’s, & X's (Twitter’s) terms-of-service customer agreements
  • Trademark Search — by the USPTO. A searchable database that allows users to perform basic, Boolean and free form searches for U.S. trademarks
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – Patents — getting started with patents, including searching for existing patents, filing patent applications and general information
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – Trademarks — what to know about trademarks and the application process, including information on types of Intellectual Property
  • UT Dallas Copyright Page — copyright and contact information for copyright issues at UT Dallas
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) — World IP Laws — a database of intellectual property (IP), international patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and competition laws and regulations