Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property)

Q: does this patent apply globally? are there any exceptions?

2 Lawyer Answers
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Chapel Hill, NC

A: Your question did not provide the specific patent number but I can answer anyways. There is not a global patent. Patents are issues by a country (or in rare instances a region) and only apply to actions in that location.

A United States Patent Applies to the United States.

A United States Patent applies to actions in the United States. So making a product in China and importing to the US would be covered. Also making a product in the US and exporting to Canada would be covered.

However, a product made in China could be sold into Canada as long as it does not pass through the US on the way to Canada.

I hope that this helps.

Kevin E Flynn

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: Patents are very country specific.

You need to plan and budget appropriately.

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