Companies that sell their products throughout the world are faced with a multitude of administrative and legal burdens in each marketplace. Unfortunately, it may be too late when a company discovers that the failure to satisfy seemingly minor administrative burdens in a country can result in tremendous losses of property rights and future profits.

For many of these companies–especially e-commerce and biotechnology companies–acquiring and maintaining patent protection for their products is essential. Patent protection is critical both to the profitability of their products and to their incentives to develop new products. In addition to the substantive legal requirements that determine whether or not an invention may be patented, patent holders must carefully follow the administrative requirements of each country. Among these is the requirement to pay annual maintenance fees to the various patent offices around the world in which the patents are registered.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]