The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3).
Trademark Law in the Bluebook: You can find Bluebook information on how to cite trademarks and trademark-related material on pp. 219 and 220.
The purpose of this guide is to highlight trademark law resources available at the NCCU Law Library. Some of the resources are open access, but many are subscription services available to only to NCCU Law School students, faculty, and staff. Resources available only to Law School students will be noted with sign in instructions.
This guide was created by Adrienne DeWitt. It is maintained by the Reference Department.