Global Protection for Inventions

Marketa Trimble

in Global Patents

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199840687
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933013 | DOI:
Global Protection for Inventions

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Under the current patent systems, inventors who want global patent protection for their inventions must patent their inventions in every country in the world; however, it is uncommon for inventors to do this. In most instances patent holders cannot afford to patent an invention everywhere, and therefore will hold patents for their inventions in only one or a few countries, the “protecting countries.” This chapter explains why even in the twenty-first century, when trade is globalized and information spreads instantly to most parts of the world, inventors must still rely on single-country patents to protect their inventions. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 1.1 discusses the territorial limitations of patent protection. Section 1.2 considers a single world patent as a possible solution to the problem of territoriality in patent protection. Section 1.3 covers parallel patents while Section 1.4 looks at obstacles to global protection.

Keywords: global patents; patent protection; patent systems; protecting countries; world patent; territorial limits; parallel patents

Chapter.  14261 words. 

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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