The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency responsible for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The USPTO registers trademarks and advises the President of the United States, the Secretary of Commerce, and U.S. Government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by trading partners.

NAMM Supports Intellectual Property Rights
As a global leader in the music products industry, NAMM supports the protection of intellectual property rights. These rights are an important foundation of our industry, providing creators and innovators with necessary benefits of their creativity. These rights come in various legal forms, such as copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and other inherent authorship rights recognized in many countries. NAMM urges its members to develop protection and enforcement programs for their creative endeavors in consultation with an attorney experienced in the field of intellectual property rights.

There are numerous information resources available via the internet on the subject of intellectual property rights. Among these resources are:

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Copyright Office
World Intellectual Property Organization
European Patent Office
European Community Trademarks Office
Japan Patent Office
Korea Intellectual Property Office
China (PRC) Intellectual Property Office
United Kingdom Patent Office
Germany Patent and Trademark Office
France Intellectual Property Office
Canada Intellectual Property Office
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NAMM Intellectual Property Rights and Dispute Resolution Policies