The Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s website and the IPR Center website provide an overview of U.S. Government agencies' efforts to enforce IP protection worldwide and information about U.S. Government policies on intellectual property. The U.S. Copyright Office provides information about copyright protection and registering works in the U.S. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides information about filing patents and registering trademarks in the U.S. Both the Copyright Office and USPTO websites have answers to frequently asked questions.

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 1994 Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) introduced intellectual property rules into the multilateral trading system for the first time. The WTO website contains information about that agreement and its implementation, as well as information about global rules of trade between nations.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was created in 1967 to encourage creative activity and to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. Its website contains information on IP issues worldwide as well as information on the intellectual property application and registration systems that WIPO administers. Unlike other parts of the United Nations system, WIPO is largely self-funded through collection of intellectual property registration fees by its International Bureau.

The World Health Organization (WHO) seeks to prepare a global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property to address conditions disproportionately affecting developing countries. For more information about World Health Organization efforts to address and combat spurious, substandard, falsely-labeled, falsified, and/or counterfeit medicines, click here.

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