This site is for anyone whose online content is being copied and posted to other sites without their permission. Such content stealing is a rampant problem but this site makes it easy to track down some (but certainly not all) of the content-jackers. Simply enter the web location of the original content and Copyscape will list sites that may be posting copyrighted material. The basic service is free but advanced service option require a fee.
This association site as many resources for learning about trademarks including a listing of names and usage of over 3000 trademarks, terms glossary, information for selecting trademarks, fact sheets and more.
An often overlooked consideration when developing new products is the need to obtain a uniform product code or, more commonly, a bar code. Bar codes are essential to the packaging and distribution of nearly all products sold in the U.S. and this site offers details on how to obtain them. This industry group site has basic information about bar codes, including a flash presentation, as well as details on the industry group.
Number one source of information on U.S. patents, trademarks, and copyrights, including templates of registration forms, application procedures, laws concerning patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and a good search engine that searches for patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Anyone involved in product design may find good information here regarding creating products that fit the needs and wants of consumers. This professional association site has good coverage of the usability concept, links to guidelines and methods, and conference information. The information is relevant to tangle product manufacturers as well as online marketers.
Site of international organization, whose agenda includes the promotion of protection of intellectual property throughout the world, offers a lot of features including extensive educational information devoted to understand intellectual property, an international patent search feature and much more.
Among the multimedia presentation found on this TD Bank site is one that focues on product and service branding that contains good information and strategy ideas for building a successful brand (requires Flash Player plugin).
The real value here is not so much the website but in knowing that such a place exists. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan this is essentially a museum for over 110,000 food, beverage, household and personal care products that have been introduced in the last 50 years. Useful from both an historical perspective and for new product design. However, don't except to be permitted to visit unless you are a potential customer for their consulting services.
This site offers a great deal of resources for anyone considering starting a franchise business. Includes franchise education, guide to buying a franchise, research reports, directory of franchise options and many other links and listings.
Website of the National Association of Convenience Stores has a number of free resources including a library of articles that contains a section with industry research, directories of companies/people in the industry, meeting schedules and more.
Very useful website with many nice features including Stores Retail Buying Guide which contains links to suppliers of products and services used in retail operations, and listings of top US and Global retailers. Also offers several listings of top retailers including top global, top US and top growth.