|Business laws and trade laws have always played an important role in developing trade and business transactions. With the advent of market globalization and electronic commerce, not only trade laws and international trade laws are playing greater roles but complete new areas are being developed particularly as it relates to intellectual property rights and dispute settlements.This page provides a guide to the best sites on Business Law, Trade Law and International Trade Law .|
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HG.org was one of the very first online law and government information sites. This huge meta site includes a Law Firm Directory which provides listing services worldwide, a Law Center which includes over 70 core areas of law which are then broken down into 190 sub areas of practice. Excellent and extremely rich and useful site once you get use to exploring it. Do not miss the sections on Business Law, Intellectual Property, Trade, and Worldwide Law which covers 142 contries.
FindLaw is an excellent Web portal focused on law, providing access to a comprehensive online library of legal resources for use by legal professionals, consumers and small businesses. It says it is the most popular site for free legal information on the Internet. Do not miss the «Learn About the Law» section and more particularly the Small Business Center and the subsection on Employee's Rights.
Nolo - Law for All
This publisher of do-it-yourself books and software has been a pioneer in publishing reliable, plain-english legal information that anyone can use and afford. Although this is primarily a commercial site which sells books, legal forms and software it includes a large free legal information section divided in 15 categories including Accidents, Bankruptcy, Business & Corporations, Employment Law, Immigration, Patent Copyright & Trademark, Taxes, etc. Excellent site. Do not miss the legal dictionary and the section on free books.
Washlaw, legal services on the web, is a service of the Washburn University School of Law Library. Their goal is to provide links to primary foreign and international legal resources, research aids, and sites useful in conducting research in these areas of the law. Excellent site.
BitLaw is a comprehensive Internet resource on technology and intellectual property law. While some of this information is available elsewhere on the Internet, the goal of BitLaw is to bring this information together, in a convenient and inter-linked format. Excellent and extremely well organized site, which is a pleasure to use. What I found particularly interesting were the sections on Internet Law and Software Patents.
All About Trademarks
This site dedicated to trademarks, and trademark law, and maintained by Gregory H. Guillot, provides users with the many tools necessary to learn the basics of trademark law, conduct trademark searches, and access sites devoted to trademarks. The most impressive element of the site is its exhaustive collection of trademark links. Excellent site.
World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. Excellent and interesting site. Do not miss the section on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises ans also the WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is an important department of the US government which employs the equivalent of 5,000 full time staff. Even though the focus is solely on the US it is an essential site with regards to Patents and Trademarks. Do not miss the new Trademark Electronic Search System and the section on Intellectual Property Law.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada ( Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Industrial designs, and Integrated circuit topographies).
Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
This site from the Berkeley Digital Library Sunsite presents a collection of links on Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights, and Licensing Issues with an emphasis on the digital world. Very good and quite extensive.
Free Advice claims to be "The Most Comprehensive Site for Legal Information" and for the U.S it probably is. Written in easy to understand terms it provides a lot of information with regards to business law, bankruptcy law, financial law, international law, etc. A very good site even if you are not from the U.S.
CataLaw is a meta-index of legal information providing a single gateway to a large number of legal and government indexes on the Internet.Rather unique and quite broad in scope. Do not miss the section on regional law which covers many countries.
GigaLaw.com has chronicled the most important and interesting developments in Internet and technology law for the past eleven years. Since 2010 the site is focusing on daily news, compiled by attorney Doug Isenberg. Very good and interesting site despite its small size.
The LawGuru question-answer service allows users from all over the world to post legal questions on the LawGuru website and attorneys everywhere to provide free answers. The site also has a section for students and a legal forms section where legal forms can be purchased.
EUR-Lex: European Union Law
EUR-Lex provides free access to European Union law and other documents considered to be public. The website is available in 23 official languages of the European Union and is designed to keep up to date on legislation in force in the European Union and new legislation as it is enacted. Several sections (customs, competition policy, taxation, etc.) are quite relevant for the small and medium size businesses.
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) has the general mandate to further the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade.As for most UN bodies the information provided is rather "arid" but still it is interesting to see how those commissions work. Do not miss the UNCITRAL Guide.
This francophone site is set out to distribute, share and analyse legal information related to regulation of the new communication tools, first and mainly the Internet. It presents legal news, articles, studies, jurisprudence cases and a list of interesting links.
International Trade Law Monitor
Initially hosted by the University of Tromso, Norway, this exceptional resource provided information and links related to international trade law. The ITL presented the full texts and where relevant country implementation details of several of the most important conventions and other documents used in International trade.In July 2000, the site (now called Lex Mercatoria) was acquired by Cameron May, an international law publishing firm. Although the initial free information is still available the site previously efficient and pleasant navigational structure has been changed to an extent that it is quite difficult to use it in an efficient manner.
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