Links to other sites

Patents, trademark and other intellectual property organisations

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  • US Patent Office

    United States patents and trademarks office.

  • Intellectual Property Office (UK)

    In the UK, patents and trademarks are administered by the Intellectual Property Office.

  • European Patent Office

    The web site of the European Patent Office.

  • Irish Patent Office

    The website of the Irish Patents Office.


    EUIPO is the European Union agency responsible for registering trade marks and designs that are valid in all 27 countries of the EU.

  • Copyright Licensing Agency (UK)

    CLA is responsible for looking after the interests of rights owners in copying from books, journals and periodicals.

  • PRS for Music

    PRS for Music is an alliance of the MCPS and PRS who collect royalties for music artists and licence the use of music.

  • Anti Copying In Design

    ACID - Anti Copying In Design, is a group committed to combating copyright infringement in the design industry.

  • Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)

    FAST became the world’s first software anti-piracy organisation when it was set up in 1984 to lobby Parliament for changes to copyright law. Today the federation provides anti-piracy advice and enforcement, supporting the UK software industry.

  • Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT)

    FACT was formed in combat counterfeiting, piracy and misuse of feature film, videos and DVDs.

  • Law Society

    The Law Society is the comprehensive on line listing of practising solicitors in law firms.

  • Locating copyright holders

    The WATCH - Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders.

  • Copyscape

    Copyscape is a useful tool for detecting infringement, it will compare your web pages to others indexed by Google and return any it finds with matching text.

  • British Library legal deposits

    If you're a publisher, you need to give a copy of every UK publication you make to the British Library.

More resources

  • British Library Business & IP Centre

    The British Library Business & IP Centre host a large number of workshops and events.

  • International ISBN Agency

    The International ISBN Agency is the registration authority for the ISBN system.

  • Copyright User

    An independent online resource aimed at making UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public.

  • Copyright Guide For Students

    A comprehensive, easy to understand copyright guide written specifically for students.

  • TAXI

    Independent A&R Company. TAXI help unsigned bands, artists and songwriters get record deals, publishing deals and placement in films and TV shows.

  • BBC Writers Room

    The writers room aims to make the BBC accessible to new writing talent. They regularly run workshops and competitions, and the web site contains information and advice for writers as well as providing access to the scripts for some actual BBC programs.

  • The Writers‘ Guild of Great Britain

    The Guild represents writers in TV, film, radio, theatre, animation and books.

  • aims to Help producers find scripts and increase exposure for the screenwriter.

  • Writers Write

    information resource about writing and publishing.

  • Poets & Writers

    Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers, Inc. is a source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers.

  • Copyright guidelines for crafters & hobbyists

    A handy flowchart created by Ginger Davis Allman aimed covering copyright situations affecting crafters & hobbyists.