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International Patent Law Research Guide

International Patent Law - Primary Sources

International Patent Law consists of: 

1. International Law - treaties, the law of multinational bodies,  AND
2. The patent law of individual nations.

Treaties, Laws & Regulations Collection

Treaties and conventions include the Paris Convention (WIPO) and the Strasbourg Convention (Council of Europe), which deal with issues of substantive patent law, and the European Patent Convention (EPO) and the London Agreement(EPO), which deal with both substantive law and administrative procedures. 

Global treaties such as the Patent Cooperation Treaty and Patent Law Treaty(WIPO) and the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement (World Trade Organization) also come into play.

Map shows the PCT countries in Europe.  Full map and list of PCT countries (via WIPO). 

Materials for Selected Individual Treaties

Laws of Multinational Bodies

Treaties Collections

Patent Treaties - U.S. is a Party

The following list links to some important patent-related treaties to which the United States is a party. Citations marked "UST" cite to the volume and page number of United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (UST). Citations marked "TIAS" refer to the document  number in the Treaties and Other International Acts Series


Lexis and Westlaw contain some case law for other countries.  See the Foreign Law tab of this guide for more sources for cases.