International Intellectual Property Law

Our firm has stepped well outside of the borders of Pennsylvania and we have worked on many high-profile cases across the globe. International intellectual property legal advisory needs are unique and treated as such to ensure delivery of high-quality results. When you’re working internationally, you can count on Paul & Paul to provide well-versed legal counseling based on experience and insight to protect your intellectual property rights.

What is International Intellectual Property Law?

International law of intellectual property refers to the laws that govern intellectual property (IP) throughout its lifecycle – meaning the creation, protection, and use of the IP, on a global scale.

Intellectual property or IP, is property that is intangible and created by means of mental work – whether it be an idea, design, creative work, or invention.

With intellectual property being non-physical, it can be readily used or implemented across multiple countries. And, since intellectual property laws can vary by country, it’s not uncommon for IP rights issues to arise.

Fortunately, the law firm of Paul & Paul has years of knowledge from law school and experience and is here to assist you with all of your international intellectual property needs – including copyright law, patent law, trademark law, trade secrets, and more.

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Global Laws Enforced for Protection of Intellectual Property

While IP laws tend to vary across the world, there have been some international laws adopted by treaties, conferences, and international organizations in an effort to enforce global IP protection.

Examples of some major events contributing to international protection of IP law include:

  • 1886 Berne Convention – IP protection has been a concern around the world for many years now. One of the earliest treaties relating to the protection of IP law was the Berne Convention of 1886, which worked towards making intellectual property rights a matter acknowledged by all countries that chose to take part in the convention.
  • 1994 TRIPS Agreement (The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) – The purpose of the TRIPS Agreement being established alongside the World Trade Organization (or the WTO, which regulates rules of trade between nations such as the European Union) was to make certain that the participating countries would incorporate remedies and protection for intellectual property violations as components of their national laws.
  • 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty – The WIPO Copyright Treaty was established to modernize previous treaties so that they would be more effective in dealing with online copyright infringement.

Protection Around the World

Through a network of intellectual property firms that span the globe, Paul & Paul offers its clients international patent protection, international trademark protection, and international copyright protection services in the localities where they conduct business, including the following:

North America

South America




WIPO and the EPO

The firm also represents its clients before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and before the European Patent Office (EPO) either directly or through its network of intellectual property associates. Learn more about the WIPO and the EPO at their official websites.

Learn More About International Intellectual Property Law

International intellectual property law and its related rights is an extensive topic. To learn more about intellectual property international agreements, contact the law firm of Paul & Paul today at (215) 568-4900 and also feel free to explore some further resources down below.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Member States of the WIPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office

The Madrid Protocol

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