Intellectual Property Rights Office for the United States
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This page provides information about the administration of intellectual property in the United States. Intellectual property covers copyright and industrial property, including patents, designs, and trademarks.
Copyright can be claimed over any original creative work which is recorded in some way – be that through it being written down, recorded on an audio or audio-visual device, saved to a computer, or any other means.
The rules governing copyright are determined by a variety of international treaties, the most important of which is the Berne Convention.
Berne Convention Status of the United States
The United States is part of the Berne Convention. Work created in the United States is eligible for registration through the Intellectual Property Rights Office's Copyright Registration Service.
|Instrument:||Accession: November 16, 1988|
|In Force:||March 1, 1989|
Online Copyright Registration Options in the United States
(Effective in the United States and all other Berne Convention countries)
|Cost of International Registration:||USD $60|
|Domestic Registration URL:
(For the United States only)
|Cost of Domestic Registration:||$45–$500|
Copyright Offices for the United States
The details of the official government office(s) responsible for copyright in the United States are as follows:
|Name:||United States Copyright Office
Library of Congress
|Address:||101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
|Tel:||(1 202) 707 3000
|Fax:||(1 202) 707 8366|
"Industrial property" includes a range of different forms of intellectual property, including patents for inventions; industrial designs; trademarks; and more. It covers all forms of intellectual property besides copyright.
Industrial Property Offices for the United States
The details of the official government office(s) responsible for industrial property in the United States are as follows:
|Name:||United States Department of Commerce
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
|Address:||P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
|Tel:||(1 571) 272 8600 (Under Secretary and Director)
(1 571) 272 8800 (Commissioner for Patents)
(1 571) 272 8901 (Commissioner for Trademarks)
(1 571) 272 1000 (Contact Center)
|Fax:||(1 571) 273 0464|