Around the World

Patent Laws Around the World

Many countries accept national phase patent applications based on “world patent applications” (WO publications) made under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).  The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) maintains a database of WO published international patent applications (also known as PCT applications). Many of these patent…


Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is arguably the most important and comprehensive international agreement on intellectual property rights. Member countries of the WTO are automatically bound by the agreement. The Agreement covers most forms of intellectual property including patents,…

Key Agreements and Organisations

Below is information summarising some key agreements and organisations in global innovation policy. The information was believed to be correct at the time it was collated. Chart Outlining Key Agreements and Organisations in Intellectual Property