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619.13 (H) Individual and Incorporated Organization Provided in the Name of Claimant Field / Space

 

619.13 (H) Individual and Incorporated Organization Provided in the Name of Claimant Field / Space

 

If an individual and an incorporated organization are named together in the Name of Claimant field/space, and if a transfer statement is not provided or is unclear, the registration specialist will communicate with the applicant to determine whether the individual or the organization is the copyright claimant.

 

Examples of corporate designations and abbreviations that may trigger this inquiry include:

 

• Incorporated (Inc.)

 

• Corporation (Corp.)

 

• Limited (Ltd.)

 

• Professional Corporation (PC)

 

• Limited Liability Company (LLC)

 

• Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

 

• Public Limited Company (plc)

 

• Aktiengesellschaft (AG)

 

• Aktibolag (AB)

 

• Aktieselskab or Aksjeselskap (A/S)

 

• Akciov√ɬ° spolo√Ѭçnos√Ö¬• or Akciov√ɬ° spole√Ѭçnost (a.s.)

 

• Besloten Vennootschap (B.V.)

 

• Gesellschaft mit beschr√ɬ§nkter Haftung (GmbH, GesmbH, or Ges.m.b.H.)

 

• Soci√ɬ©t√ɬ© Anonyme, Sociedad An√ɬ≥nima, or Sociedad por Acciones (S.A.)

 

• Sociedad An√ɬ≥nima de Capital Variable (S.A. de C.V.)

 

• Sociedad An√ɬ≥nima Burs√ɬ°til de Capital Variable (S.A.B. de. C.V.)

 

• Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada de Capital Variable (S. de R. L. de C.V.)

 

Examples:

 

• An online application is submitted naming Joan Dolan as the author of a book of poetry for teenagers and naming “Joan Dolan (Dolan Publishing Company, Inc.)” as the copyright claimant.

The transfer statement reads “author is sole owner of Dolan Publishing.” Because an individual and a corporation are separate legal entities, the specialist will communicate with the applicant to determine whether Joan or Dolan Publishing own the copyright in this work.

 

• A paper application is submitted naming Adelaide Drescher as the author of “2-D artwork” and naming “Adelaide Drescher d.b.a. Adelaide Dree AG” as the copyright claimant. No transfer statement is provided. Because an individual and a corporate organization are separate legal entities, the registration specialist may communicate with the applicant to determine whether Adelaide or Adelaide Dree AG owns the copyright in this work.