Copyright Offices Outside the United States



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April 6, 2022
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About the Program

There is no such thing as a Copyright Office outside of the U.S.? Myth or reality?

The United States maintains a copyright office primarily to register claims to copyright, record transfers of copyright interests and supply copies of works to the Library of Congress. What about outside of the United States? We have frequently heard that only the United States registers copyright claims. Hear from attorneys outside of the United States whether copyright offices exists in their countries and why.

Each presenter will briefly go over the following:

  • Does your country have a copyright office?
  • If so, what are the functions of the office?
  • Register claims to copyright?
  • Record transfers of ownership?
  • Help the government to maintain control? e.g. censorship
  • Is registration mandatory for any purpose?
  • Are there benefits to registration? If so for what?
  • What are typical costs and times for foreign associates to register and recordation documents?
  • When is registration recommended?
Meet the Speakers
Alessandra Tarissi de Jacobis


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Paul D. Supnik


Attorney at Law

Paul Supnik practices in the areas of copyright and trademark law. He advises clients in the selection and use of brands, the protection of trademarks through registration strategies, enhancing value through licensing and enforcement, and litigating trademark and copyright disputes. Paul has delivered talks on these topics in the U.S. and abroad and has developed international contacts that facilitates his ability to help clients protect their copyright and trademark interests globally. His commitment to the legal profession and its institutions is an integral part of the practice. Paul has been selected by SuperLawyers® in the field of Intellectual Property for the years 2010 through 2022 and has a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of “AV”.

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Michael Shortt


Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Michael Shortt is a partner at Fasken’s Montreal office, where he practices as a lawyer and trademark agent. His practice focuses on both litigation and transactional work, with an emphasis on the videogame and life science industries. A member of the Québec and Ontario bars, he advises clients on common-law, civil-law, and federal matters.

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Annabelle Gauberti



Annabelle Gauberti is a solicitor of England and Wales, as well as an ‟avocat à la Cour”, French-qualified lawyer. She focuses her practice on providing legal services, on either contentious or non-contentious matters, to companies and individuals working in the creative industries in general, and the luxury goods, fashion, music, motion picture, television, Internet, multimedia sectors in particular.

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Annie Mae Koo


Vivien Chan & Co.

Anna Mae Koo is a partner of Vivien Chan & Co, where she practises non-contentious, contentious and transactional IP law. She regularly advises on all areas of intellectual property, including licensing, franchising and other transactional intellectual property, due diligence and strategic acquisitions, prosecution, technical assistance and technology transfer agreements, trade practices and unfair competition law in China and Hong Kong.

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John Murphy



John is Of Counsel in BGAL ASOCIADOS, and has over 30 years of experience in trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition law, particularly focused on the United States legislation and practice.

John represents clients in disputes before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the US federal courts.  His legal professional practice involves conducting trademark searches and drafting opinions on trademark registration, trademark prosecution and maintenance, and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, including opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex-parte appeals. He has broad experience in drafting trademark licenses, settlement and coexistence agreements, and other IP transactional matters.

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Marita Dargallo



She is mainly engaged in advising clients on intellectual property and related matters, such as unfair competition, EU law, distribution, agency and franchising, as well as international commercial law, with extensive experience in these areas. Her advice covers both contractual or strategic aspects as well as procedural and administrative issues.

She attends the annual meetings of INTA (Internationl Trademark Association) and she is currently the President of the Intellectual Property Commission of the UIA (Union International des Avocats).  Given her academic background, she has lectured at the University of Barcelona (Postgrau in Assessorament Lingьнstic i Serveis Editorials) and at the Barcelona Bar Association and regularly organizes lectures and seminars on competition law, trademarks, exploitation of intellectual property rights and distribution.

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Richard Milchior



Richard Milchior is a partner in the IP and the competition-distribution department. He specializes in Intellectual Property law, European Union law, Competition law and Health law.

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Iris V. Quadrio


Marval O’Farrell Mairal

Iris Quadrio joined Marval O’Farrell Mairal in 1988 and has been a partner since 1998, specializing in the area of Intellectual Property, with extensive experience in advising domestic and foreign clients, principally on trademark and trade dress issues, including IP rights clearance, registration and management of IP portfolios and trademark opposition proceedings.

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