The Washington Information Directory (WID) is one of the most historically successful publications at CQ Press. Although it is a “directory,” it has lived in the Library/Annual Edition portfolio because it has a unique profile - it is topically organized, and within the taxonomic structure the relevant organizations are listed not only with contact information but with a brief paragraph describing what the organization (whether government or non-governmental) does related to that topic. It focuses on Washington - in order to be listed, an organization must have an office in the Washington metropolitan area. These descriptions are not boilerplate advertising material from the organizations; rather, they are hand-crafted by a talented freelance research team. In addition, WID pulls together 55 organization charts for federal agencies, congressional resources related to each chapter topic, hotline and contact information for various specific areas of interest (from Food Safety Resources to internships in Washington), and an extensive list of active congressional caucuses and contact details. WID has two appendices, one with thorough information on congresspersons and committees, and the second with governors and embassies.

Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks

Patents, copyrights, and trademarks



Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) (State Dept.), Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA), International Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE), 2201 C St. N.W., #4931, 20520-4931; (202) 647-3251. Tarak Fahmy, Director.

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Handles multilateral and bilateral policy formulation involving patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and international industrial property of U.S. nationals.

Civil Division (Justice Dept.), Commercial Litigation (OCL), Intellectual Property, 1100 L St. N.W., #8000, 20005; (202) 514-7223. Fax, (202) 307-0345. Gary Hausken, Director, (202) 307-0342.

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Represents the United States in patent, copyright, and trademark or trade secret cases. Includes the defense of patent infringement suits; legal proceedings to establish government priority of invention; defense of administrative acts of the Register of Copyrights; and actions on behalf of the ...

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