Newcomers to patent law can also find some very helpful resources online, where practitioners, researchers, and professional associations in the area of patent law have made research information freely available. Some websites that may be of interest are:
AIPLA was formed to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues.
While this guide provides a broad selection of resources that may be most helpful to a beginner in the field, it only begins to scratch the surface of this very detail-oriented subject. If the materials here do not fulfill your research needs, feel free to contact the Law Library of Congress for additional help, using our Ask a Librarian service.