Intellectual Property Law

For further reference, certain state laws pertain to types of protection such as trade secrets, while International PCT rules pertain to filing patents in other countries under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

Cislo & Thomas Patent Informational Page

Cislo & Thomas Trademark Informational Page

Cislo & Thomas Copyright Informational Page

Cislo & Thomas Trade Secret Informational Page

Cislo & Thomas Expert Witnessing Informational Page

Cislo & Thomas Domain Names Informational Page

Cislo & Thomas IP Litigation Informational Page

Patent Laws, Resources, and Rules – The governing sources for the procurement and enforcement of all patent rights in the United States. Provides the basis for all patent protection.

Trademark Laws, Resources, and Rules – The statutes and rules for the handling of trademark filing and enforcement of rights in the United States.

Copyright Laws, Resources, and Rules – The statutes and rules which govern the handling and enforcement of all copyright matters in the United States.

Federal Court Litigation Resources – A listing of Federal Statutes, Rules, Jury Instructions and Calendars for the Central District of California, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

California State Law and Resources – The intellectual property provisions of California law are distributed throughout California’s many topical codes. Use this link to search the various code sections.

International PCT Rules and Regulations – Rules and guidelines for handling Patent Cooperation Treaty patent application filings, which allow patent pending status in over 100 different countries throughout the world.

USPTO IP Identifier – Learn how to identify which of your creative ideas might be intellectual property assets and how to protect them with this user-friendly USPTO portal.

U.S. Constitution – The main source of all intellectual property rights in the United States.

For basic information about various aspects of California law other than intellectual property, visit


The Manager’s Guide to Intellectual Property

If you’re starting a new business, considering a new product line, purchasing a business, checking the health of your company, or investing in research and development, make The Manager’s Guide to Intellectual Property, by Jeffrey G. Sheldon, Esq., your starting point.
Chapters of this book are available below:

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Intellectual Property
Chapter 2 – Patents
Chapter 3 – Trade Secrets
Chapter 4 – Trademarks
Chapter 5 – Copyrights
Chapter 6 – Agreements
Chapter 7 – Licensing
Chapter 8 – Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights