Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Formal name: The International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Also called the Berne Union. A part of the World Intellectual Property Organization. An international agreement that was concluded in Berne, Switzerland, by representatives of participating countries which provides copyright, patent, trademark and other intellectual property protection to countries that are signatories to the convention. See World Intellectual Property Organization; copyright; patent; trademark; service mark.