U.S. Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office site provides information on U.S. copyright law; how to register and license a copyright; and other pertinent information for owners of copyrights.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
This federal agency website provides practical information on applying for patents, registering trademarks and more. It explains federal laws, federal regulations and international laws and lists the procedures, fees and forms to apply for patent and trademark protection.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
As the government body responsible for monitoring deceptive marketing and unfair competition in the US, the FTC maintains information for both consumers and businesses on numerous commercial topics of interest.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
WIPO is a United Nations organization that promotes and protects intellectual property globally. This site lists its various activities and efforts; a searchable digital library of its international intellectual property data collection; information on its arbitration and mediation center; and information on how to file an application for a trademark registration with its International Bureau.
U.S. Department of Commerce
As the government body overseeing the Patent and Trademark Office, the Department of Commerce offers general information on patents, trademarks and the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).
U.S. Department of Justice, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section
The Department of Justice details on its website the various policies and programs designed to protect and enforce intellectual property rights. It provides information on federal criminal intellectual property laws; a list of criminal intellectual property cases recently prosecuted by the Department of Justice; and the DOJ’s continued efforts and initiatives both nationally and internationally to protect intellectual property.
World Trade Organization
The WTO is a global agency that promotes and monitors international trade. Its website contains information on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights.
FBI: Economic Espionage
Federal Bureau of Investigation/Office of Private Sector information on economic espionage.
USPTO Kids’ Pages
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office site designed to give children an idea of what intellectual property is and why it is important in their lives. The site also contains information for parents and teachers.