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Department of Homeland Security Intellectual Property Policy

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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:

  • Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS)™
  • APPROVED READY (certification mark)®
  • Advanced Spectroscopic Portals (ASP)™
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) logo™
  • Container Security Initiative™
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)™
  • CyberCorp™ - 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
  • Electronic System Travel Authorization Program (ESTA)™
  • Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-VERIFY)®
  • FLUX (and design)™ - prescreening and expedited security clearance program for participating international travelers
  • Free and Secure Trade Program (FAST)™
  • Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (GFIRST)™
  • Graduated Rad/Nuc Detector Evaluation and Reporting Program (GRaDER)™
  • Human Portable Radiation Detection System (HPRDS)™
  • ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE)™
  • Port Security Exercise Training Programs (PortSTEP)™
  • READY®
  • READY characters – HECTOR®, PURRCILLA®, REX®, RORY®
  • READY Campaign Slogans:
    • Are you READY?™
  • Registered Traveler Program (RT)™
  • 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™
  • Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT)™
  • Secure Border Initiative (SBI)™
  • Secure Flight™
  • Secure Freight Initiative (SFI)™
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)™
  • United States-Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology Program (US-VISIT)™
  • Visa Waver Program (VWP)™
  • Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)™

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:


This page was last reviewed/modified on March 17, 2009.