Global IP Trends: A Guide to Recent International Considerations for Patent Rights

September 1, 2016 Published Work
Corporate Counsel Connect

Introduction

With the rapid progression of technology, companies both large and small are increasingly doing business on a global scale. These companies often consider a global strategy to protect their intellectual property, which is central to their goal of maintaining a large global presence. While treaties such as the Madrid Protocol and Patent Cooperation Treaty offer harmonization of IP standards and certain pan-territorial rights generally, IP procurement and enforcement remains a fragmented system with differing national rights, woven together by a delicate web of international implications. Companies should therefore consider all international implications as part of a global IP strategy. This article discusses the recent trends and provides guidance on navigating the global IP environment.

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