Adli Law Group P.C.

Tel: +1 (800) 817-2949
Fax: +1 (213) 623-6554

‘Transformers 4’ casting Chinese actors in top roles: Another sign of China reigning over Hollywood?

LOS ANGELES – Last week, famed director Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announced that popular...
Tips on Maximizing Success of IP Plaintiffs at Minimum Costs

At Adli Law, our goal in representing an intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright or trade...
You Are Better Off With a Judge ased on the most recent data, patent holders have a better chance of prevailing...
Judge Gee Denies Jolie Attorneys' Fees

On June 7, 2013 California federal Dolly M. Gee denied Angelina Jolie’s request for $350,000 in attorneys’...
Could This Be the Answer to Patent Trolls?

Under legislation that Congress introduced on May 16, patent owners' names would become a part of...

Submit a Topic Proposal

Want more general information about a topic? Submit your request here to have Adli Law Group, P.C. consider your blog topic request.

Your Name*

Your Email*

Blog/Article Request*

Bookmark and Share

When applying locally for a patent you are given protection in the Contracting State in which the patent is approved. The protection afforded by your patent is valid in that Contracting State only, leaving your intellectual property vulnerable to unauthorized use in other countries. The International Patent Cooperation Treaty was created to provide patent protection in a large number of countries with one application. 

Filing an International Patent With The International Patent Cooperation Treaty

Filing a patent under the International Patent Cooperation Treaty is similar to a regular patent in your home Contracting State. You will file the application with your national patent office or you also have the option to file with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

There are some exceptions for where to file if you are a citizen or resident of a Contracting State which is party to:  

  • The European Patent Convention – The application may be filed with the European Patent Office;
  • The Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs – The application may be filed with the African Regional Industrial Property Organization;
  • The revised Bangui Agreement Relating to the Creation of an African Intellectual Property Organization – The application may be filed with the African Intellectual Property Organization; or
  • The Eurasian Patent Convention – The application may be filed with the Eurasian Patent Office. 

Application Process with the International Patent Cooperation Treaty

For experience and advice you should obtain the services of an international patent attorney when deciding to file an international patent under the International Patent Cooperation Treaty. Once the application is filed, an international patent search will be conducted just as it is with a Contracting State. During the search, the International Searching Authority prepares a written opinion on patentability.

If cleared, the application and search reports are published with the International Bureau. The International Patent Cooperation Treaty allows for these approved patents to be recognized in more than 140 countries, a complete listing of which can be found on the WIPO website.

Hiring An International Patent Attorney

An international patent is similar to a Contracting State patent, but must undergo a much broader patent search before it is approved. You may save yourself time and money by hiring an international patent attorney before beginning your application. Your attorney can review your application and help you avoid mistakes that could cost you extra effort in your application process.

The international patent attorneys at the Adli Law Group P.C. serve local clients across Los Angeles County and international clients including those in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Contact us today for experienced help with securing the rights to your invention – 213-223-2365.

business attorney los angeles London Business Litigation Attorneys Business Litigation Attorneys Business Litigation Attorneys

444 South Flower Street
Suite 1750,
Los Angeles, CA 90071 USA

T: +1 800 817 2949
F: +1 213 623 6554

81 Oxford Street
London, W1D 2EU
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 207 903 5077
F: +44 (0) 207 903 5333

Level 20, Marunouchi Trust Tower-Main
1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0005 Japan

T: +81 (3) 6269 3143
F: +81 (3) 6269 3131

37F, Taipei 101 Tower No. 7, Xin Yi Road
Section 5, Xin Yi District
Taipei City, 110 Taiwan R.O.C

T: +866 2 8758 2735
F: +886 2 8758 2999