It used to be that almost every intellectual property attorney would personally have a printed copy of all of the U.S. patent, trademark and copyright statutes sitting on their desk. Every year, a new edition would be bought to replace the old edition…
These compilations are not inexpensive. For instance, a softbound copy of “Federal Intellectual Property Laws and Regulations, 2014 ed.” by Thomson West will set you back $269.
Then came the Internet, and the ability to access electronic copies of the statutes online. Many practitioners opted to stop purchasing printed copies of statutes, instead relying on the online versions. For others, old habits die hard, and many practitioners still spend $269+ a year on the current years printed statutes.
Thanks to Professor James Boyle (Duke Law School, former Chairman of the Board of Creative Commons), and Jennifer Jenkins (Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School, Director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain), practitioners now have an inexpensive alternative to traditional printed statute books. For use with the “open coursebook” they wrote for use at Duke Law School, Boyle/Jenkins have released a supplement entitled “Intellectual Property: Law & The Information Society Selected Statutes & Treaties: 2014 Edition” which includes copies of the Trademark Act of 1946 (Lanham Act)(as amended), the Copyright Act of 1976 (as amended), the Patent Act of 1952 (as amended, with annotations indicating the provisions applicable pre and post America Invents Act), the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artisic Works, the WIPO Copyright Treaty, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
The supplement was released under a Creative Commons license, and a free downloadable version (.pdf) has been provided. If you prefer to own a printed copy, it will set you back $8.99 on Amazon.com.
The photograph (below) shows the printed copy of the supplement next to their open case book (which I am using this semester with the trademark prosecution class I am teaching this semester for the University of Idaho, College of Law).
Note: Out of fairness to the Thomson West publication mentioned above, it does contain some additional sources beyond those in the Boyle/Jenkins supplement.