A Brief Introduction to United States Intellectual Property

64 Pages Posted: 15 May 2017 Last revised: 18 Jul 2017

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Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law

Date Written: May 11, 2017


This reader provides a brief introduction to United States intellectual property law. It begins with a discussion of the meaning of the term “intellectual property,” which is used to describe a collection of different private rights, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other exclusive rights in intangible things. It describes the subject matter, scope, and limitations of the different kinds of intellectual property rights by explaining the relevant statutes and doctrines, providing summaries of important cases, and asking questions about their application. It is intended to facilitate reflection on the purpose and justification of intellectual property rights.

Keywords: intellectual property, misappropriation, trade secrets, patents, design patents, copyrights, trademarks, right to privacy, right of publicity

Suggested Citation

Frye, Brian L., A Brief Introduction to United States Intellectual Property (May 11, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2967115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2967115

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