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Department of Homeland Security Intellectual Property Policy


This is a public notice of the intellectual property of the Department of Homeland Security (“Department” or “DHS”). In general, that intellectual property consists of the official seal of the Department and the trade or certification marks of programs for which the Department claims either common law trademark rights or has applied for or received trademark registration under 15 U.S.C. §§ 1051-1129.

For any of the listings below, the Department of Homeland Security asserts its full rights under statute or the common law. No use may be made of these marks without the permission of the Department acquired in accordance with the procedures of this notice. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to modification from time to time.

Intellectual Property

  • Aware/Path™
  • Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS)™
  • APPROVED READY (certification mark)®
  • Advanced Spectroscopic Portals (ASP)™
  • Biodefense Knowledge Center™
  • Biodefense Knowledge Management System™
  • BKC™
  • BKMS™
  • BORN READY word™ - for the U.S. Coast Guard advertising and recruitment campaign
  • U.S. Coast Guard BORN READY logo®
  • Coast Guard BORN READY logo™
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) logo®
  • Container Security Initiative™
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)™
  • CyberCorps logo® - for educational initiatives to promote careers in cyber security, i.e., the “Federal Cyber Service: Scholar for Service Program,” a program offered by the National Science Foundation and co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security
  • CyberCorps word™
  • Electronic System Travel Authorization Program (ESTA)®
  • Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-VERIFY)®
  • First Observer®
  • First Observer logo™
  • FLUX (and design)® - prescreening and expedited security clearance program for participating international travelers
  • Free and Secure Trade Program (FAST)™
  • FutureTECH™
  • Global Entry logo™
  • Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (GFIRST)™
  • Graduated Rad/Nuc Detector Evaluation and Reporting Program (GRaDER)®
  • HAZUS® - computer software related to natural hazards loss estimations
  • HAZUS logo™
  • Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute™
  • Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute™
  • HSI®
  • HSSAI™
  • Human Portable Radiation Detection System (HPRDS)™
  • IdeaFactory logo®
  • I E-Verify logo™
  • ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE)™
  • IPR Center word™
  • IPR Center logo™
  • KRONA™ (diagnostic software)
  • LISTO and design® - a Ready Campaign trademark
  • MagViz™
  • National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC)™
  • National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center™
  • NBACC logo™
  • NBACC's National Biological Threat Characterization Center (NBTCC)™
  • NBACC's National Bioforensic Analysis Center (NBFAC)®
  • NBAF National Bio and Agro-Security Facility logo™
  • Our Border™
  • Port Security Exercise Training Programs (PortSTEP)™
  • Protection is our Trademark™
  • PS-Prep™
  • READY®
  • Approved READY®
  • READY. Plan. Prepare. Stay Informed®
  • READY AMERICA. Plan. Prepare. Stay Informed®
  • READY BUSINESS. Plan. Prepared. Stay Informed®
  • READY KIDS word®
  • READY KIDS logo®
  • READY characters – HECTOR®, PURRCILLA®, REX®, RORY®
  • READY Campaign Slogans:
    • Are you READY?™
  • logo™
  • SAFETY Act Slogans:
    • Get into the Act™
    • Protecting you, Protecting U.S.™
    • Providing Security for U.S.™
    • Help Protect America, Limit Your Liability, Unlock Your Creative Potential™
    • Security & Trust from Science & Technology™
  • SELF CHECK logo™
  • SELF CHECK. Apply with confidence. logo™
  • SELF CHECK. Solicite en confianza. logo™
  • Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement (SAVE)™
  • Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT)™
  • Secure Border Initiative (SBI)™
  • Secure Efficacy through Commercialization, Utilization, Relevance and Evaluation Program (SECURE)™
  • Secure Flight™
  • Secure Freight Initiative (SFI)™
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)®
  • TWIC & design®
  • Transportation iSAC logo™
  • TS-ISAC™
  • TSA Pre✓™
  • TSA PreCheck™
  • UICDS™
  • UICDS logo™
  • Unified Incident Command and Decision Support™
  • United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)™
  • United States-Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology Program (US-VISIT)™
  • Virtual USA word®
  • VIRTUAL USA logo®
  • vUSA™
  • Visa Waver Program (VWP)™
  • Voluntary Private Sector Accreditation and Certification Preparedness Program™
  • Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)™

Obtaining Permission

To obtain permission to use any of the listed marks, an applicant must make a prior written request to the Department at the e-mail address listed below. The applicant must include evidence of the authority of any representative of the applicant to bind the applicant. In addition, the applicant must agree to comply with the conditions presented in any consent to use or license agreement required by the Department of Homeland Security.

The Department of Homeland Security will deny any request that includes the use of a mark as part of a URL or other use that does not comport with the conditions presented in any consent to use or license agreement required by the Department.

Request for use should be made to:

Last Published Date: June 25, 2014
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