Intellectual Property Offices

This is a list of selected intellectual property offices from around the world. This list is not comprehensive. Please contact us to have your link added or corrected. Algeria-Bulgaria | Canada-France | Georgia-Kuwait Latvia-Norway | Oman-Switzerland | Taiwan-Yugoslavia Algeria: Algerian National Institute of Patent Rights (INAPI) General information, legislation and contact information. Language: FrenchArab States of the Gulf: Patent Office of the Cooperation Council A regional office for the Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises the States of United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, and State of Kuwait. Certificates of Patents granted by the GCC Patent Office secure legal protection of the inventor's rights in all Member States. Language: English. Argentina: Instituto Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial (INPI)  General information and legislation. Coverage of Argentina included in searchable patent and model database, LATIPAT. Language: Spanish Australia: IP Australia Information geared to business strategy and needs, resources, links to other Australian IP sites for education, case studies, news, and calendars. Searchable patent databases, trademark databases, and designs databases. Language: EnglishAustria:  Das Oesterreichische Patentamt General information on intellectual property, FAQ's, news, links. Language: German Bahrain: See Arab States of the Gulf Barbados: Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) Legislation, fee schedules, forms, FAQs, and general information. Language: EnglishBelgium: Office for Industrial Property Overview of Belgium Ministry of Economic Affairs, library resources, kinds of searches that can be done, location, and contacts. Language: EnglishCanada:  Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) Detailed information on types of intellectual property, including Integrated Circuit Topography Registration. E-services, FAQ, forms, publications, Learn & Discover’s fun facts in Think Link and Quiz; listing of patent agents, listing of trademark agents, and legislation. Full-text of office tools such as Canadian Patents Office Record, Manual of Patent Office Practice, and TradeMarks Journal. Searchable databases include Canadian Patent Database and Canadian Trademarks Database. Language: English, French China: State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China  History of SIPO, annual reports, statistics, legislation, and guides for patent applicants. Searchable databases include Chinese Patents (full-text, but only in Chinese) and Chinese Patent Abstracts Database. Language: Chinese, English Croatia: Drzavni Zavod Za Intelektualno Vlasnistvo   Information on the different kinds of intellectual property, legislation, resources, statistics, location, contact information, and links to other intellectual property offices. Language: Croatian, English (English link does not work-3/10/03)  Denmark: Danish Patent and Trademark Office   Services to companies include searching, competitive intelligence and marketing analysis, and valuation of intellectual property (Ipscore®). Language: Danish, English  European Patent Office   Electronic filing (epoline) and searching (espacenet) links. Official communications, patent information centers, events and seminars, toolbox for applicants, patent information products, search engines and index, news, and contact information. Language: English, French, German  Finland: National Board of Patents and Registration   Mission statement and activities of the board, information on the registration of commerce, industry, associations and foundations, fee schedules, and contact information. Listing of Patent Attorneys and Gazettes. Searchable patent databases (only in Finnish). Language: Finnish, Swedish, English  France: Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle (INPI)   Information on the different types of intellectual property protection and registrations. News and contacts. Searchable Design and Model Database Plant protection information at French Plant Varieties Protection Office. Language: French  Georgia: National IP Center of Georgia  Legislation, list of patent and trademark attorneys, forms, fee schedules, and general information. Language: Georgian, English  Germany: Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (DPMA)   Types of intellectual property, contacts, FAQ, news, history, student page, independent inventor page, links to other databases and intellectual property offices. Searchable patent database, DPMA DEPATISnet (searchable in German or English) and German Trademarks Database. Plant protection information at German Plant Varieties Protection Office (in German or English). Language: German  Greece: Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI)   Types of intellectual property, about OBI, fees schedules, contact information, and news. Links to other intellectual property and technical resources. Language: Greek, English  Hong Kong: Intellectual Property Department   Includes news, contacts, IP laws and forms, information and study aids, and FAQ. Searchable Trademark Search System. Language: Chinese, English  Hungary: Hungarian Patent Office   Includes IP basics and types of protection and news. Online Gazette of Patents and Trademarks. Searchable database, The Hungarian Industrial Property Database (PIPACS), enables searching the full collection of the Hungarian patents, utility models, trademarks and designs in a single user interface Language: Hungarian, English  Ireland: Irish Patents Office   About us, news, publications, legislation, links, forms & fees, contacts, online Patents Office Journal, and listings of both Patent and Trademark agents. Searchable Patent Database Search of published patents only. Searchable Supplementary Protection Certificate Database (SPC). Trademark Database Search as well as online Trademark Register. Language: English  Italy: Republica Italiana   General Information on the types of intellectual property protection, patent attorneys database, courses, conferences, organization chart, services, fees, and list of regional centers. Language: Italian, English  Japan: Japan Patent Office   Introduction and activities of JPO, overview of rights, laws, standards, statistics, press releases, FAQ, and contacts. The Industrial Property Digital Library has instructions and links to patent and utility models, design, and trademarks databases. Language: Japanese, English  Korea: Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)  Annual report, news, legislation, listing of patent attorneys, forms, and fee schedules. Searchable Korean Patent Abstracts Database. Language: Korean, English  Kuwait: See Arab States of the Gulf  Latvia: Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia  Legislation and contact information. Nice listings of Inventors and Inventions of Latvia. Language: English.  Lithuania: State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania  Annual report, text of legal acts, information for applicants, forms (pdf), list of patent attorneys. Pilot version of Trademarks Database. Internet version of the Official Gazette containing only main bibliographic data and also legal status data, changes, rectifications of Patents, Industrial Designs, Trademarks, published in the most recent issue of the Gazette. Language: English.  Luxembourg: Service de la Propriété Intellectuelle  Annual report, legislative texts, and contact information. Language: French  Macedonia: Industrial Property Protection Office (IPPO)  Annual reports, fee schedules, legislation, contact information, and listing of patent attorneys. Language: Macedonian, English  Mexico: Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI)  Provides Users' Guide to Patents and Utility Models, Users' Guide to Industrial Designs, and Guide to Integrated Circuits. In area of trademarks, there is a Guide to Distinctive Designs. Text of Industrial Property Law and Federal Law on Copyright. Coverage of Mexico included in searchable patent and model database, LATIPAT. Language: Spanish, English  Moldova: State Agency on Intellectual Property Protection of the Republic of Moldova (AGEPI)  Legislation, annual report, attorney listing, statistics, and fee schedules. Searchable Invention Database and Database of Industrial Design. Language: Russian, Moldavian, English  Morocco: Morocco Intellectual Property Office  General information, statistics, procedures. Searchable databases include Patent Database, Trademark Database, Design Database, and Company Names Database. Language: Arabic, English, French, Spanish  Netherlands: Netherlands Industrial Property Office  News, contact information, annual report, legislation, and general information. Searchable Patent Register. Language: Dutch, English  New Zealand: Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand  Extensive information on the following types of protection: Copyright, Patents, Trademarks, Designs, Plant Variety Rights, Layout Designs, and Geographical Indications. Searchable Trademark, Patent, and Design database (IPONZ); online renewals of Patents, Trademarks, or Designs; online registration of Trademarks, and Information Library with many guides (pdf). Language: English  Norway: Norwegian Patent Office  Annual report, forms, fee schedules, contact information, and legislation. Patent, Trademark, and Design gazettes in PDF (Norwegian only). Language: Norwegian, English  Oman: See Arab States of the Gulf  Panama: Registro de la Propiedad Industrial  General information, contact information, and news. Includes Panama Official Industrial Property Gazette. Coverage of Panama included in searchable patent and model database, LATIPAT. Language: Spanish  Philippines: Intellectual Property Office  Good FAQ section, searchable trademark database, and legislation including the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. Contact information. Language: English  Poland: Patent Office of the Republic of Poland.  Searchable databases of patents, utility models (since 1979), and trademarks, as well as "mirror" content of Official Gazettes since 1999. Includes legislation, information on filing procedures, and contact information. Language: Polish  Portugal: INPI (Portuguese Patent Office)  General information. Language: Portuguese  Qatar: See Arab States of the Gulf  Romania: State Office for Inventions and Trademarks  Information, including Applicant's Guides for patents, trademarks, integrated circuits, industrial designs, and plant varieties. Listing of patent attorneys. Legislation. Searchable patent database (RoPatenTSearch). Language: Romanian, English  Russia: Russian Agency for Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent)  Includes legislation, annual reports, general information. Full-text (since 1994) patent database, RUPAT. RUABEN is free abstract database of Russian Applications and Patents (in English) from 1994 to date. Language: Russian, English  Saudi Arabia: See Arab States of the Gulf  Serbia:Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia  Legislation, application forms, fee schedules, and listing of attorneys. Language: Serbian, English  Slovak Republic: Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic  General information, searchable databases for designs, trademarks, utility models, and patents. Language: Slovak  Slovenia: Slovenian Intellectual Property Office  Legislation, listing of IP attorneys, statistics, fees, and most recent annual report. Searchable patent, industrial designs, and trademarks databases. Language: Slovene, English  South Africa: Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO)  General information. IP legislation hosted on the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa website. Language: English  Spain: Officina Espanola de Patentes y Marcas  Contains official bulletin of the office, the International Classification of Patents, 7th ed. (CLIPAT), and International Classification of Locarno with the list of keywords, classified alphabetically (CLAIND). Searchable patent database (OEPMPAT), trademarks database, and industrial information on drawings and models (MOCINDUNET). Also hosts LATIPAT, a patent database covering Latin America. Language: Spanish  Sweden: Swedish Patent and Registration Office  Information on application process for various types of IP, forms, and contact information. Searchable Trademarks Database. Language: Swedish, English  Switzerland: Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property  Information on application process for various types of IP, fees, legislation, and contact information. Swiss Registary of Protected Rights allows users to access the basic legal status on any Swiss Intellectual Property right for free. Language: German, French, Italian, English  Taiwan: Taipei Intellectual Property Office (English) (Chinese)  Contact information, legislation, statistics, and annual reports. Searchable database of English machine-translated patents, Global Patent Search Network (GPSN). Language: Chinese, English  Thailand: Department of Intellectual Property News, statistics, and legislation, including Thai court decisions. Patent Search database contains bibliographic data and abstract of patents. Language: Thai, English Trilateral Offices: Trilateral Patent Office  Trilateral Offices include European Patent Office (EPO), Japanese Patent Office (JPO), and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Includes general information, information on searching for patents, and statistical reports. Language: English  Trinidad and Tobago: The Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago  News, contact information, and upcoming events. Legal information on IP in Trinidad and Tobago can be found at TrinidadLaw, site produced by M. Hamel-Smith & Co., Attorneys-at-Law. Language: English  Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan Patent Office  General information and legislation. Language: Russian  United Arab Emirate: See Arab States of the Gulf  United Kingdom: UK Patent Office  Definitions of various types of IP, information and application forms for trademarks, copyright, designs, and patents. Directory of Patent Agents and Directory of Trademark Attorneys. Trademark publications include searchable TradeMarks Database and TradeMarks Journal. Designs Database includes images and registration information. Language: English  United States: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  Online filing for patents and trademarks as well as status check. Listing of registered patent attorneys and agents. Legislation, news, statistics, annual reports, information for independent inventors, and contact information. Electronic Official Gazette, searchable Issued Patents and Patent Applications databases, and Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). Language: English  WIPO: Worldwide Intellectual Property Organization  General information, legislation, annual report, news, information on member states, etc. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) information, as well as application forms. The Intellectual Property Digital Library provides access to various intellectual property data collections including Hague, JOPAL (non-patent reference), Madrid Express Database and PCT Gazette. Language: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish