International and Foreign Patents

A United States Patent only grants rights in the United States and its territories. Outside the United States, patent rights are controlled by the applicable country or region being affected. The United States has executed treaties which allow United States citizens and entities to pursue patent protection in other countries and there are specialized avenues to pursue those patent rights.

Foreign patent protection is more important now than ever before due to the global economy and the ability to sell into and out of the United States using the World Wide Web.

SHERMAN IP attorneys are well versed in pursuing patent protection outside of the United States, whether that be navigating the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) procedures, obtaining foreign filing licenses for the export of technology or simply filing your patent application in other countries or regional repositories using your priority claims in your US patent applications. SHERMAN IP maintains ongoing and strong relationships with attorneys in countries throughout the world to advise you properly about your foreign patent rights.