A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination, used in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others. The library can help you determine whether or not your name can be trademarked. The Clark County Library is a Patent and Trademark Depository. The resources listed below will help you get started.
Books for Adults
Patent, trademark, and copyright searching on the Internet
by Sharpe, Charles C
Do your searching electronically.
Books for Teens
by Koss, Amy Goldman
When Sarah gets her hands on the answers to the eighth-grade geography midterm and decides to share them with some other students, the consequences are far-ranging.
Books for Older Children
Junie B., first grader : cheater pants
by Park, Barbara
When her father will not let her stay up late to do her homework, first grader Junie B. copies a classmate´s paper.
Books for Younger Children
Arthur and the true Francine
by Brown, Marc Tolon
Francine and Muffy and good friends until Muffy lets Francine take the blame for cheating on a test.
More books for:
Crash Course in Copyright (http://www.lib.utsystem.edu/copyright/)
Created by Georgia K. Harper, lawyer and copyright expert for the University of Texas System, this very comprehensive site covers copyright and fair use as well as the broader area of intellectual property for creators and users. Content includes the background of fair use, using multimedia, digital content in libraries, copyright management, licensing resources, online presentations, a copyright tutorial, and links to additional information available elsewhere. Although focused in the academic area and to University of Texas students, faculty, and staff in particular, the content is useful for anyone with questions pertaining to copyright, fair use, and intellectual property.
International Trademark Association (http://www.inta.org/)
An international association of trademark owners and professionals, dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective national and international commerce.
Nolo Press: Trademarks (http://www.nolo.com/resource.cfm/catID/D8932879-DC34-43DF-BF65FC92D55FEE5D/310/274/)
Information from Nolo Press - the largest publisher of legal books for the general public.
Trademark Checklist (http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_trademarkchecklist&func=display&Itemid=0&catid=123&getcontent=1&temid=132)
The Trademark Checklist has been compiled by the International Trademark Association (INTA) to assist authors, writers, journalists, editors, proofreaders, copywriters and fact checkers with proper trademark usage.
Wikipedia: Trademarks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark)
Wiki entry on Trademarks
International Schedule of Classes of Goods and Services (http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/tac/doc/basic/international.htm)
Descriptions of the International Schedule of Goods and Services classifications.
Official Gazette (http://www.uspto.gov/web/trademarks/tmog/)
Weekly publication that includes drawings and descriptions of all the trademarks issued recently by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Most recent editions can be seen online. Issues back to 1952 are available at the Clark County Library Patents and Trademarks Library
Trademark - Where do I start? (http://www.uspto.gov/web/trademarks/workflow/start.htm)
Basic tutorial on Trademarks, from the USPTO
Trademark Electronic Search System (http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=tess&state=4008:oijkr2.1.1)
Search through pending and registered trademarks.
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (http://www.uspto.gov/)
Official web site of the governing body regarding Patents and Trademarks within the United States.
USPTO Trademarks home page (http://www.uspto.gov/web/trademarks/workflow/start.htm)
One stop source for everything Trademarks.