(The following article is taken from the U.S. Department of State publication Focus on Intellectual Property Rights.)
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
600 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20506 U.S.A.
Internet site includes reports, speeches, press releases, and other documentation on a range of trade-related subjects, including intellectual property.
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230 U.S.A.
Internet site includes periodically updated articles on U.S. intellectual property rights laws, "Special 301" enforcement activities, and the TRIPS Agreement.
U.S. Department of Commerce
Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP)
This is the Internet site for a recent U.S. initiative that helps U.S. businesses protect their intellectual property at home and abroad.
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450 U.S.A.
Internet site provides access to information on intellectual property as related to patents and trademarks, including rules, advice, definitions, submission forms, fees, and more.
U.S. Department of Justice
Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS)
10th & Constitution Ave., N.W.
John C. Keeney Building, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20530
Tel: 202- 514-1026
Fax: 202- 514-6113
Internet site offers, among many topics, an overview of IP policy and programs, guidance to law enforcement on the investigation and prosecution of violations of federal intellectual property laws, and a comprehensive listing of federal criminal laws that pertain to the protection of IPR.
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Trade Policy and Programs
Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520 U.S.A.
Internet site provides an overview of economic and trade topics arranged by current issues; press statements; remarks, testimony, and briefings; topics; and regional information.
International Intellectual Property Rights Training Database
This database, maintained by U.S. government agencies and IP industry associations and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides training and technical assistance relating to protecting IPR.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Rm. 3.5A
Washington, D.C. 20229 U.S.A.
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) is a multi-agency center responsible for coordinating a unified U.S. government response regarding IPR enforcement issues. Investigative personnel provide core staffing from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Particular emphasis is given to investigating major criminal organizations and those using the Internet to facilitate IPR crime.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20229 U.S.A.
Internet site has information on all aspects of IPR enforcement in the United States.
U.S. Library of Congress
U.S. Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
Internet site presents a publication titled Copyright Basics, as well as information on copyright, including frequently asked questions, and documents of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
European Patent Office
D 80331 Munich
Tel: (+49 89) 23 99 0
Fax: (+49 89) 23 99 44 65
Internet site includes general information about the European Patent Office, official communications, a patent information center, a toolbox for applicants, and patent information products.
World Intellectual Property Organization
P.O. Box 18
CH 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 338 9111
Fax: +41 22 733 54 28
Internet site provides the history and objectives of this organization, as well as a list of its members, the texts of treaties it administers, and a list of contracting parties or signatories to these treaties.
World Trade Organization
154 Rue de Lausanne
CH 1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland
Internet site, in addition to providing general information about the WTO, includes special sections on topics such as goods, services, environment, development, dispute settlement, and IP.
Associations and Trade Organizations
American Intellectual Property Law Association
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202 U.S.A.
Internet site provides information aimed at improving laws relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, and other fields of IP.
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, New York 10023 U.S.A.
Internet site for this membership association of over 68,000 composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers provides information aimed at protecting the rights of its members by licensing and paying royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works.
Association of American Publishers, Inc.
50 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001 U.S.A.
Internet site for the principal trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry contains information on copyright and electronic publishing.
Business Software Alliance
1150 18th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036 U.S.A.
Internet site reports on the activities of software industry organization with piracy enforcement programs in 65 countries and anti-piracy hotlines operating in nearly all nations; includes a list of international addresses of BSA offices.
International Intellectual Property Alliance
2101 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20037 U.S.A.
Internet site includes general information on the IIPA (a private sector coalition that represents the U.S. copyright-based industries in bilateral and multilateral efforts to improve copyright protection and enforcement abroad) as well as reports on worldwide copyright piracy and cutting edge issues.
Motion Picture Association of America
1600 Eye Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006 U.S.A.
Internet site for this organization and its international counterpart, the Motion Picture Association, which serve as a voice for the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It includes information on MPAA anti-piracy efforts and its positions on laws and regulations governing the industries.
Music Publishers Association
243 5th Avenue, Suite 236
New York, New York 10016 U.S.A.
Through its copyright resource centers, this association disseminates copyright information with the aim of increasing copyright responsibility; also includes links to music information resources on the World Wide Web.
National Music Publishers Association
711 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017 U.S.A.
Internet site for this association -- which is concerned with legislative, legal, and educational matters related to copyright and new technology -- includes extensive frequently asked questions about copyright and licensing.
Software Publishers Association
1730 M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-4510 U.S.A.
Internet site provides information related to fighting software piracy.
Educational Institutions (Internet Sites)
Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE
Sponsored by the Library at the University of California at Berkeley and Sun Microsystems, Inc., this Internet site offers articles; references; lists of initiatives and projects; and links on copyright, IPR, and licensing issues.
Legal Information Institute
Includes brief summaries of IPR law topics with links to key primary source material, other Internet resources, and useful offnet references.
Franklin Pierce Law Center
The IP Mall
Provides information and links to IP resources worldwide, including daily news, the Congressional Research Service, publications, and papers.
Copyright and Fair Use
Includes such primary materials as statutes, judicial opinions, and treaties and conventions; current legislation; and an overview of copyright law.
Copyright and Intellectual Property
Includes a menu of source materials on U.S. copyright law.
University of California, Los Angeles
The UCLA Online Institute for Cyberspace Law and Policy
This electronic archive offers a cyperspace law bibliography, as well as information going back 10 years, including cases involving cyberspace law.
University of Iowa
Copyright and Multimedia Law for Web Builders and Multimedia Authors
Includes IP law articles, primers, and useful links to other web sites, institutions, and core documents.
University of Washington School of Law
Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP)
Includes information on the CASRIP program, as well as a newsletter issued three times a year that reports on CASRIP research and other IP-related activities and highlights intellectual property developments around the world.
Copyright Clearance Center
222 Rosewood Drive
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923 U.S.A.
Website of an intermediary between copyright holders and content users. It facilitates the exchange of reuse rights and royalties through a wide range of licensing services that grants permission to reproduce copyrighted materials.
Digital Future Coalition
1341 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005 U.S.A.
The Digital Future Coalition (DFC) is a collaboration among U.S. profit and nonprofit groups that deal with IPR. It is committed to striking an appropriate balance in law and public policy between protecting intellectual property and affording public access to it.
[The U.S. Department of State assumes no responsibility for the content and availability of the resources from other agencies and organizations listed above, in "Additional Readings on Intellectual Property," and in "Kids' Corner: Educational Materials for Children and Young Adults." All Internet links were active as of Fall 2005.]