Truth or Myth: Does an International Patent Exist?
By John W. Boger
Reprinted with permission from Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, PC
Almost every inventor has asked, “Can I get an international patent?” The simple answer is, no
. Let’s be clear, there is no such thing as an international patent. However, an inventor can file an “international patent application” that essentially takes the place of the many indi- vidual foreign patent applications required to obtain overseas protection. But like Cinderella discovered with her pumpkin coach, an international patent application only lasts for a finite period of time. If certain actions are not taken by the inventor (in this case, a little bit more than just kissing the prince), the application will lapse and the opportunity to obtain patent protection abroad will vanish. More...