Trademark Law Resources: Primary Sources

Updated Sept. 4, 2009.
Prepared by Vicen� Feli�, Law Library Intern.

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15 U.S. Code Chapter 22 deals with trademarks

Legislative History

United States Code Congressional and Administrative News. KF48 at Reference Area & Westlaw: USCCAN
Contains selected committee reports.

The Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-667): The Legislative History, Reports, Testimony and Annotated Statutory Text. KF3177.12.A15 1989 at Classified Stacks

LexisNexis: US - CIS Legislative Histories - Trademark Law



37 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 2, 3, 6, 7 &, 10 deal with trademarks.



United States Patent Quarterly (USPQ) contains the full text of trademark cases from federal and state courts and several administrative agencies.



  • FIP-CS, federal court cases dealing with intellectual property.
  • WTH-TR, Westlaw topical highlights dealing with trademark issues.


Case Finding

  • Use annotated codes.
    • United States Code Annotated. KF62 1927.W45 at Reference Area. Westlaw: USCA
    • United States Code Service. KF62 1972.L38 at Reference Area. LexisNexis: GENFED;USCS
  • Use West's Federal Practice Digest 4th and its predecessors. Topic: Trade Regulations and Intellectual Property. KF127.W484 at Reference Area
  • Look for cases cited in footnotes in relevant treatise sections and law review articles.
  • Look in the index to American Law Reports Federal (ALR Fed) to find relevant articles. KF105.A54 at Reference Area. Westlaw: ALR


Administrative Decisions & Materials

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, combined administrative decisions

Commissioner of Patents and Trademark

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Trademark Registrations


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