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WIPO Treaties & Conventions
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
All states party to the Treaty are obliged to recognize microorganisms deposited as a part of the patent procedure, irrespective of where the depository authority is located.
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
Applies to industrial property in the widest sense, including patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models, service marks, trade names, geographical indications and the repression of unfair competition.
Patent Cooperation Treaty
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in each of a large number of countries by filing an "international" patent application. Such an application may be filed by anyone who is a national or resident of a PCT Contracting State. It may generally be filed with the national patent office of the Contracting State of which the applicant is a national or resident or, at the applicant's option, with the International Bureau of WIPO in Geneva.
Patent Law Treaty
The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) was adopted in 2000 with the aim of harmonizing and streamlining formal procedures with respect to national and regional patent applications and patents and making such procedures more user friendly. With the significant exception of filing date requirements, the PLT provides the maximum sets of requirements the office of a Contracting Party may apply.
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
The Strasbourg Agreement establishes the International Patent Classification (IPC) which divides technology into eight sections with approximately 70,000 subdivisions. Classification is indispensable for the retrieval of patent documents in the search for "prior art". Such retrieval is needed by patent-issuing authorities, potential inventors, research and development units and others concerned with the application or development of technology.
Databases, Multi-volume Works & Websites
The Lens is an initiative for Innovation Cartography, where the world's patent documents and related scholarly data is combined in one open location, with materials available for sharing, annotating, and embedding to "forge open mapping of the world of knowledge-directed innovation."
Patents Throughout the World
Available on Westlaw Edge
A comprehensive guide to the patent laws of more than 180 countries. The treatise summarizes the patent laws of each country, lists the conditions under which patents can be obtained, and provides the complete texts or summaries of the most important international patent treaties along with their signatory members.
Practitioner's Guide to the PCT by
Call Number: K1505 .E77 2013
Publication Date: 2015-02-16
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is the heart of the international patent system and should be considered in every applicant's patent filing strategy. When it is used appropriately, the PCT is a cost-effective option for international patent protecting and provides benefits for applicants, patent offices, and third parties.
Patent law in global perspective by
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2014
This book addresses critical and timely questions in patent law from a truly global perspective, with contributions from leading patent law scholars from various countries. Offering fresh insights and new approaches to evaluating key institutional, economic, doctrinal, and practical issues, these chapters reflect critical analyses and review of developments in national patent laws, and of efforts to reform the global patent system and reconfigure geopolitical interests in ongoing multilateral, trilateral, and bilateral initiatives.