Patents, Registered Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright Acronyms to Know

Part of Patents, Registered Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

The world of patents, registered designs, trade marks and copyright can be a minefield of jargon and acronyms. Here’s a quick reference to help you out:

ARIPO Western Africa Patent Office
CIPA Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
CPA Chartered Patent Attorney
EAPO Eurasian Patent Office
EPA European Patent Attorney
EPO European Patent Office
EU European Union
IP Intellectual Property
IPR Intellectual Property Right
ITMA Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
OA Office action (by a patent or trademark examiner)
OAIP Southeastern African Patent Office
OHIM European Trademark Office (Office of Harmonization for the
Internal Market)
OWA Original Work of Authorship (protected by copyright)
PCT Patent Cooperation Treaty
PVPA Plant Variety Protection Act
PVPO Plant Variety Protection Office
RTMA Registered Trade Mark Attorney
UK-IPO United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
USPTO United States Patent and Trademark Office
WIPO World Industrial Property Organization
WMFH Work Made For Hire