Skip to Main Content

Intellectual Property Law: Patents

Searching the Library Catalog


Use LibrarySearch to find books, e-books, DVDs & videos, etc

LibrarySearch is the library catalog of six private colleges and universities in the Twin Cities, including Saint Thomas. Books from other campuses can be requested online and delivered to the St. Thomas library of your choice..

Searching the CLICnet catalog by the following subject keywords or subject headings will help you find relevant intellectual property materials:

Patent assignments.
Patent infringement.  
Patent infringement -- United States.
Patent infringement -- United States -- Cases.
Patent laws and legislation.
Patent laws and legislation -- Periodicals.
Patent lawyers -- United States.
Patent licenses.
Patent licenses -- United States.
Patent practice -- United States.
Patent suits -- United States.
Patents and government-developed inventions -- United States.

International Patent Law

Patent Law

Patent process

patent (pat-<<schwa>>nt), n. (14c) 1. The governmental grant of a right, privilege, or authority. 2. The official document so granting. — Also termed public grant. See letters patent.

call patent. A land patent in which the corners have been staked but the boundary lines have not been run out at the time of the grant.

escheat patent. See escheat grant under grant.

land patent. An instrument by which the government conveys a grant of public land to a private person.

lapse patent. A land patent substituting for an earlier patent to the same land that lapsed because the previous patentee did not claim it.

3. The right to exclude others from making, using, marketing, selling, offering for sale, or importing an invention for a specified period (20 years from the date of filing), granted by the federal government to the inventor if the device or process is novel, useful, and nonobvious. 35 USCA §§ 101–103. • The holding of a patent alone does not by itself grant any right to make, use, or sell anything if that activity would infringe another's blocking patent. — Also termed patent right; patent grant.

PATENT, Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009), patent




The federal laws governing patents are found in the United States Code Title 35:

The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) contains the procedures that govern patent law:

  • Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
    Available from

  • Manual of Patent Examining Procedure
    Call Number: UST Law Stacks KF3114 .W353
    Available on HeinOnline
    Available on LexisNexis

Patent Law Books & Treatises

Patent Law Digests

Patent Law Study Aids