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The Directory: Intellectual Property Organisations

African Intellectual Property Organization / Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI)  

Issues protection titles, documentation and information, helping to encourage development.

African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO)  

Established to pool the resources of member countries in industrial property matters so as to avoid duplication of financial and human resources.

Copyright Licensing Agency  

Responsible for looking after the interests of rights owners over the copying of books, journals and periodicals. It licenses users, collects fees from licensed users, pays authors and publishers (via ALCS and PLS), and institutes legal proceedings, if necessary, for the enforcement of the rights.

Creative Commons UK  

Non-profit organization which aims to establish a fair middle way between the extremes of copyright control, and the uncontrolled exploitation, of intellectual property. Its primary tool is the use of a range of copyright licences, freely available for public use, which allow creators to fine-tune control over their work, so enabling as wide a distribution as possible.

European Patent Office (EPO)  

Provides a uniform application procedure for individual inventors and companies seeking patent protection in almost 40 European countries.

Publishers Licensing Society (PLS)  

Collecting society - mandated by many publishers to authorise the Copyright Licensing Agency to issue licences to users which permit limited photocopying of copyright material.

UK Copyright Service (UKCS)  

Independent witness agent which registers original works by musicians, artists, designers, software providers, authors, other organisations and individuals. Providing proof of originality, and protection against future intellectual property rights infringement, claims and disputes.

UK Intellectual Property Office  

Official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. This includes issues surrounding patents, designs, trade marks and copyrights.

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)  

Specialised agency of the United Nations dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system.