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U.S. Copyright Office Unveils Electronic Application “eCO” System, Effective July 1, 2008

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For the first time, applicants for copyrights can submit their applications directly to the U.S. Copyright office electronically.

The electronic system has been in the works for some time, and was implemented in order to simplify the application process, improve processing time, and lower costs.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office implemented a similar system for searching (“TESS”) and applying (“TEAS”) for trademarks and patents several years ago.  In similar fashion, the U.S. Copyright Office’s electronic system will save applicants time and costs due to decreased mail time, and the elimination of postage costs.  Applying electronically also allows for a lower application fee as compared to applying by mail ($35 instead of $45 per mark).  Further information can be found at www.copyright.gov.

You may also contact Michael J. O’Connor, Jr. at (858)345-5077, or by e-mail at moconnor@albblaw.com, for additional information related to copyrights, trademarks, and protecting your intellectual property.