Common Acronyms

ARIPO – African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

CIPO – Canadian Intellectual Property Office

EPO – European Patent Office

IPA – IP Australia

JPO – Japan Patent Office

KIPO – Korean Intellectual Property Office:

PCT – Patent Cooperation Treaty

SIPO – State Intellectual Property Office of the PRC (China)

USPTO – United Stated Patent & Trademark Office

WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization

Associations

AIPF – Association of Intellectual Property Firms

AIPLA – American Intellectual Property Law Association

INTA – International Trademark Association

IPO – Intellectual Property Owners Association

What do the ™ , ℠ and ® symbols mean?

*TM is used to identify an unregistered trademark.
*SM is used to identify an unregistered service mark.
*® is used to identify a registered trademark – it can not be used until the mark is registered.