In today’s global world, it is important for United States businesses to consider seeking intellectual property protections outside of the United States. Businesses in the United States are increasingly looking outside the country, not only for cost-effective production and manufacturing, but also to reach new consumer bases. For the same reasons, a well-developed international IP portfolio can materially enhance the intrinsic value of a business.
There is currently no such thing as an “international patent,” however we are familiar with helping United States inventors and businesses with protecting patentable technologies outside of the United States. We frequently help our clients with the preparation of Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) applications that can significantly extend the times for a United States patent applicant to file applications in foreign countries. In other instances, we will proceed directly in a country or territory of interest and bypass PCT filings entirely.
The procedural path can vary depending on the needs of your business. But, whichever path we take, we can help you coordinate international strategies and realize your goals of developing international protections.
If you have a question about seeking international protections for your technology, do not hesitate to contact our office.