Copyright Policy

The copyright team of the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) assists in advising the Administration and other Federal Government departments and agencies on domestic and international copyright legal and policy issues. At the international level, the OPIA copyright team provides analysis and advice on foreign copyright laws and the international copyright system, including assistance in negotiating new international copyright norms, their implementation in U.S. law, and the enforcement of international obligations. At the domestic level, the OPIA copyright team provides analysis and advice on copyright developments within the Executive branch, the U.S. Congress, and the courts. As a complement to its international and domestic policy activities, the OPIA copyright team is actively engaged in providing technical assistance and training on copyright-related matters for both U.S. and foreign government officials.

News & Updates

January 27, 2016

USPTO Designates San José Library a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday announced the opening of a new Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library of the San José Public Library system located in San José,…

January 13, 2016

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2016 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for technological…

December 7, 2015

USPTO Hosts Inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum

Washington –The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the inaugural Industrial Design 5 Forum (ID5) in Alexandria VA, December 3-4, 2015.  The forum consisted of representatives from the USPTO, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean…

November 24, 2015

United States and Brazil Partner on Improved Patent Processing

Washington — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Brazil’s National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) agreed to establish a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The pilot program will reduce patent workloads and further…

November 23, 2015

USPTO Launches New Global Dossier Service

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in furtherance of the Global Dossier Initiative  launched the first service for Global Dossier - Dossier Access  Friday, November 20. Dossier Access is a user-friendly online interface, which…