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

USPTO announces COVID-19 deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a collaborative deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program for inventions that combat COVID-19. The USPTO recognizes that its mission to issue high-quality patents to inventors goes hand-in-hand with dissemination...

USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Trademark Prioritized Examination Program

On June 15 , the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications, which allows COVID-19-related trademark applications to be advanced out of turn and immediately assigned for examination....

USPTO extends certain CARES Act relief for small and micro entities

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed significant hardships on many of our stakeholders. As a result, the USPTO has waived certain fees under existing authority through the March 16 notice , and has extended certain patent and Patent...

USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

On May 8 , the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, permitting COVID-19-related applications filed by small and micro entities to be put on a fast track for patent examination. Today, the USPTO launched a related webpage ,...

Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2020

Note: This proclamation was originally published on the Proclamations webpage of the White House website on April 24, 2020. Our Nation’s history is defined by discovery, ingenuity, and innovation. Americans are known for their resourcefulness and ability to find solutions to a wide range of...

Patent Center Beta now available

Patent Center Beta is now available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface. Patent Center allows for submission of the specification, claims, and abstract as a single DOCX document without the need to...

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on the Election of Daren Tang as WIPO Director General

The Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office congratulate Daren Tang, Singapore’s Chief Executive of Intellectual Property, on his election to the post of Director General for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Wilbur L. Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce,...

USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset with 2019 data files now available

The latest update to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Assignment Dataset, consisting of full data files from 1970 to 2019, is now available to the public for free download. The dataset is an organized relational database of patent assignment and other related transactions...

National Patent Application Drafting Competition sign-up extended to Jan. 14

Competitors can sign up for the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition until noon ET on January 14, 2020. This competition introduces law students to U.S. patent law issues and develops their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. Student teams will be given a...

Consolidated Trial Practice Guide, November 2019

In November 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a second edition of the America Invents Act (AIA) Trial Practice Guide (Practice Guide) to incorporate the Practice Guide updates released in August 2018 and July 2019 into the original August 2012 Practice Guide. The second...