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“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

General Legal Sites

Nolo Press Info
Browse a wide range of legal information, including many legal issues relevant to small business.

Cornell Law School Info
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. Info
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 Tool
Browse legal terms in Nolo Press's dictionary alphabetically or search for a specific term.

Sample Documents

Downloadable Samples
FormNET Legal Forms Forms
FormNET's downloadable legal documents include sample contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and more. (MS Word & PDF format)

Findlaw Sample Business Contracts Forms
This site offers hundreds of sample contracts, representing many industries and contract types.

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Our Small Business Resources: Sample Documents section includes sources of many downloadable forms and sample legal documents.

Document Builder Forms
Here you can build several free forms, including a General Contract and Demand for Payment Letter. Other forms are available for a fee.

Intellectual Property

What is Copyright? Tutorial
Start with this primer to understanding the basics of copyright law as it applies to any country.

U.S. Copyright Office Info
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 Info
Stanford University Libraries sponsors this site exploring guidelines concerning copyright and fair use.

USPTO Trademark Info 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 Tool
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Trademark Database is a good place to start a trademark search.

UK Trademark Database Tool
The UK Patent Office site is the bottom line in UK patent and trademark info. Online trademark search is available.

USPTO Patent Info Info
USPTO Patent Forms 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.

International Info
World Intellectual Property Organization Info
Intellectual Property Offices Directory Links
WIPO has extensive international intellectual property information, including treaty information and a directory of worldwide offices.

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