The top global destinations for protecting your IP

Our Founder, Justin Simpson, recently sat down with Small Business Magazine to discuss the world’s most popular international filing destinations and how businesses in the United Kingdom can maximize their IP protection across the globe.

In analyzing WIPO statistics, specifically where UK cases pop up, these are the top five destinations in order of popularity:

  1. United States of America
  2. European Patent Office
  3. China
  4. Japan
  5. Canada

To receive patent protection internationally, you’ll need to initially file a patent application in your home country. 12 months later, you have to decide about overseas filings. Either buy more time (an extra 18 months) by filing an international PCT application or file directly into those countries by filing a Direct (Paris Convention) application.

Deciding what countries to file into is a major decision. Justin discusses more about where and why to file here.

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