Protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) overseas

Since the rights granted by a U.S. patent extend only throughout the territory of the United States and have no effect in a foreign country, an inventor who wishes patent protection in other countries must apply for a patent in each of the other countries or in regional patent offices. Almost every country has its own patent law, and a person desiring a patent in a particular country must make an application for patent in that country, in accordance with the requirements of that country.  Similarly, local laws apply to trademark, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property in each jurisdiction.

IPR Toolkits for more than 20 countries and regions are provided on the StopFakes website. The IPR Toolkits provide detailed information about protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in specific markets, along with contact information for local IPR offices abroad and U.S. government officials available to assist you. The information provided by no means constitutes legal advice and should not be a substitute for advice of counsel. Its intended purpose is to provide an overview.


IP protections in the UK

  • IP protection in the UK following Brexit: U.S. stakeholders have raised questions about the future of IP rights in the United Kingdom once it leaves the European Union. Will registrations for trademarks and designs issued by the EU Intellectual Property Office continue to have effect in the UK? Will the UK remain in the Unified Patent Court? Will the UK continue to provide reciprocal copyright-related protections and benefits agreed to between EU member states? This webpage provides the UK Intellectual Property Office’s answers to these and other questions.

  • Protecting Intellectual Property in the United States: A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the United Kingdom