“It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best
law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt
Browse a wide range of legal information, including many legal
issues relevant to small business.
Cornell Law School
This site is more formal and a little less approachable than the
others, but is well-organized and includes the actual text of many laws.
This site answers many common legal questions in many categories, from intellectual property to criminal law.
Information is presented in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format.
Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary
Browse legal terms in Nolo Press's dictionary alphabetically or search for a specific term.
FormNET Legal Forms
FormNET's downloadable legal documents include sample contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and more.
(MS Word & PDF format)
Findlaw Sample Business Contracts
This site offers hundreds of sample contracts, representing many industries and contract types.
Our Small Business Resources: Sample Documents section
includes sources of many downloadable forms and sample legal documents.
Here you can build several free forms, including a General Contract
and Demand for Payment Letter. Other forms are available for a fee.
What is Copyright?
Start with this primer to understanding the basics of copyright law as it applies to any country.
U.S. Copyright Office
The Copyright Office is the comprehensive bottom line in U.S. copyright information.
Download forms and circulars in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center
Stanford University Libraries sponsors this site exploring guidelines concerning copyright and fair use.
Benefits of Copyright Registration
Your creative work is copyrighted the moment you publish it. But there are advantages to officially registering your
copyright, as explained here.
USPTO Trademark Info
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office site's trademark section is the
bottom line in U.S. trademark information. Forms may be downloaded in Adobe
Acrobat PDF format.
USPTO Trademark Search
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Trademark Database is a good place to start a trademark search.
UK Trademark Database
The UK Patent Office site is the bottom line in UK patent and trademark info. Online trademark search is available.
USPTO Patent Info
USPTO Patent Forms
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office site's patent section is the bottom line in U.S. patent information.
Forms may be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
World Intellectual Property Organization
Intellectual Property Offices Directory
WIPO has extensive international intellectual property information, including treaty
information and a directory of worldwide offices.