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Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property by Deborah E. Bouchoux

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The Copyright ApplicationProcess: Ownership,Registration, Notices,Duration, and Transfers

Filing a copyright application is a fairly simple process. An application form provided by the Copyright Office is completed and filed by the copyright owner or claimant for a filing fee of $30. The Copyright Office does not perform a substantive review of the application as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) does with trademark applications. The use of a copyright notice (® 1999 Gerald Trainor) is optional, but it affords certain advantages to copyright owners. Duration of copyright typically is for the author’s life plus seventy years. Because ...

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