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Patent Law: Primary Law Materials

United States patent law research involves federal statutes, administrative materials, cases and secondary source materials. This research guide focuses primarily on federal patent law research with a particular focus on litigation.

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Federal Laws and Regulations

The federal laws and regulations relating to United States patents are located in Title 35 of the United States Code and Title 37 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

The United States Code Annotated and the United States Code of Federal Regulations are available in print in the Law Library at the following locations:

You may also search the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) electronically on the following websites:

Title 35 of the United States Code and Title 37 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations are also available on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website.

Proposed and Pending Legislation

The Congressional Record is the official record of the United States Congress. Published daily while Congress is in session, this is a record of all floor actions/debate. 

ProQuest Congressional and, a website maintained by the Library of Congress, both contain current and past bills of both the House and the Senate. Both resources are excellent for tracking legislation as it progresses through Congress. 

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have jurisdiction over patent matters. For information on these committees, go directly to the Judiciary Committee websites:

Proposed Rules and Regulations

Proposed rules, regulations, permits and other federal agency actions are subject to public notice requirements. Agency action to promulgate rules and regulations are published daily in the Federal Register, as well as USPTO guidelines and policy statements.