Skip to Main Content

Intellectual Property Law: Trademarks

Searching the Library Catalog

Trade Mark Use

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:

Trademark infringement.
Trademark infringement -- United States.
Trademark licenses -- United States.
Trademarks -- History.
Trademarks (International law)
Trademarks -- Law and legislation.
Trademarks -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Trademarks -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Periodicals.
Trademarks -- United States.
Trademarks -- United States -- Periodicals.

International Trademark Law

Trademark Law

registered trademark

trademark, n. (1838) 1. A word, phrase, logo, or other graphic symbol used by a manufacturer or seller to distinguish its product or products from those of others. • The main purpose of a trademark is to designate the source of goods or services. In effect, the trademark is the commercial substitute for one's signature. To receive federal protection, a trademark must be (1) distinctive rather than merely descriptive or generic; (2) affixed to a product that is actually sold in the marketplace; and (3) registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In its broadest sense, the term trademark includes a servicemark. Unregistered trademarks are protected under common-law only, and distinguished with the mark “TM.” — Often shortened to mark. Cf. servicemark. 2. The body of law dealing with how businesses distinctively identify their products. — Abbr. TM. See lanham act. Cf. servicemark; registered trademark; brand; tradename.

TRADEMARK, Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009), trademark




The federal laws governing trademarks are found in the United States Code Title 15:

Trademark Law Books & Treatises

Trademark Law Digests & Reporters

Trademark Law Study Aids