Registration of Copyrights in Technical Drawings and Architectural Works
Owners, architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, surveyors, and contractors all have legitimate interests in the preservation of intellectual property rights in design and construction. Ignored or discounted for years, copyrights related to construction documents and building designs are now a common source of controversy.
Copyright law rewards notice and diligence in federal copyright registration by owners of building plans and designs. The possibility of controversy is reduced by advance registration of copyrights by the original author - whether the material to be protected is a building plan, a site plan, interior designs, an overall building design, or even specifications and construction documents. Advance registration of copyrights also reduces the copyright holder's burden in proving claims of infringement, and potentially increases the scope of remedies to which the original author or creator of the work is entitled.
Roberts Construction Law, LLC assists parties to a construction project in assessing their copyrights and registering them with the U.S. Copyright Office.