U.S. Customs & Border Protection e-Recordation Program

How to Obtain Border Enforcement of Trademarks and Copyrights

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has the authority to detain, seize, forfeit, and ultimately destroy merchandise seeking entry into the United States if it bears an infringing trademark or copyright that has been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or the United States Copyright Office (USCOP), and has subsequently been recorded with CBP. As an intellectual property right (IPR) owner, you can partner with CBP to receive border enforcement of your registered trademarks and copyrights through CBP’s e-Recordation Program.

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Eligibility & Fees

In order to record with CBP you must have a valid trademark registration published on the Principle Register of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The fee for e-Recordation is $190 per International Class of Goods (IC), per trademark registration. The recordation will remain in force concurrently with the underlying USPTO registration, if renewed along with the USPTO registration.
In order to record with CBP you must have a valid copyright registration with the United States Copyright Office (USCOP) . The fee for e-Recordation is $190 per copyright. The recordation will remain in force concurrently with the underlying copyright registration, if renewed with CBP every 20 years.

You may record pending copyright registrations for a period of 6 months by emailing IPRRQuestions@cbp.dhs.gov and providing proof that you have filed an application with the United States Copyright Office (USCOP).
Recordations can be renewed for another term for the fee of $80 per International Class of Goods (IC) for trademarks, and $80 per copyright.
Once a recordation has expired, the right holder has 90 days to renew. Beyond this 90 day period, should the right holder wish to revive their recordation in order to receive border enforcement, they will have to apply anew and pay the standard fee for new recordations.
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CBP encourages payment by credit card, as it expedites the application process. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is not accepting payment by check until further notice.
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Making Changes to your Recordation

To update the information in an existing recordation, such as changing the Point of Contact, licensees or countries of manufacture, a request must be made on company letterhead and emailed to IPRRQuestions@cbp.dhs.gov indicating all recordation numbers for which the change is requested.

Programs Available to Recordation Holders

Visit https://www.cbp.gov/trade/priority-issues/ipr/protection for a description of all of the resources and programs available to recordation holders to partner with CBP in helping to enforce their intellectual property rights at the border.

IPRS Public Search

Public versions of CBP recordations are available online via the Intellectual Property Rights Search System (IPRS).

IPRiS Internal Database

The Intellectual Property Rights Internal Search System (IPRiS) contains all of the information submitted by the right holder, and is only accessible by CBP personnel and other U.S. government personnel that have a need to know.

Additional Notes

30 Minute Time-out

The system will time-out after 30 minutes of inactivity on a single page, and incomplete applications will not be saved. Accordingly, please complete the application before exiting the system. Should your session time-out, please contact IPRRQuestions@cbp.dhs.gov and request that the application be deleted so that you can begin anew.

Retain for Your Records

Once you submit your application you can no longer access it, so we recommend that you "screen print" each page of the application and retain it for your records.

Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information collection and a person is not required to respond to this information unless it displays a current valid OMB control number and an expiration date. The control number for this collection is 1651-0123. The estimated average time to complete this application is 2 hours per respondent. If you have any comments regarding the burden estimate you can write to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, Intellectual Property Rights Branch, 90 K Street, N.E., 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20229-1177.

Privacy Act Statement

Please click Privacy Act Statement to view the Privacy Act Statement for IPRR.