|Algeria: Algerian National Institute of Patent Rights (INAPI)|
|General information, legislation and contact information.|
|Arab 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.|
|Argentina: Instituto Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial (INPI)|
|General information and legislation. Coverage of Argentina included in searchable patent and model database, LATIPAT.|
|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.
|Austria: Das Oesterreichische Patentamt|
General information on intellectual property, FAQ’s, news, links.
|Bahrain: See Arab States of the Gulf |
Legislation, fee schedules, forms, FAQs, and general information.
|Belgium: Office for Industrial Property|
Overview of Belgium Ministry of Economic Affairs, library resources, kinds of searches that can be done, location, and contacts.
|Canada: 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.
|Denmark: Danish Patent and Trademark Office|
Services to companies include searching, competitive intelligence and marketing analysis, and valuation of intellectual property (Ipscore®).
|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.
|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. Gazettes and weekly list of patent applications. Searchable patent databases (only in Finnish).
|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.
|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, DPMApatentblatt (searchable in English) and German Trademarks Database. Plant protection information at German Plant Varieties Protection Office (in German or English).
|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.
|Hong Kong: Intellectual Property Department|
Includes news, contacts, IP laws and forms, information and study aids, and FAQ. Searchable Trademark Search System.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|Luxembourg: Service de la Propriété Intellectuelle|
|Annual report, legislative texts, and contact information. |
|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 |
|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, Commercial Signs Database, and Company Names Database.
|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).|
|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.|
|Philippines: Intellectual Property Office|
|Good FAQ section, searchable trademark database, and legislation including the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. Contact information.|
|Poland: Patent Office of the Republic of Poland. (English version)|
|Searchable databases of patents, utility models (since 1979), and trademarks at ArsPatent, as well as “mirror” content of Official Gazettes since 1999. Includes legislation, information on filing procedures, and contact information.|
Language: Polish, English
|Portugal: INPI (Portuguese Patent Office)|
|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, requires fee. 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|
|Slovak Republic: Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic|
|General information, searchable databases for designs, trademarks, utility models, and patents.|
|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 South Africa website.|
|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.|
|Sweden: Swedish Patent and Registration Office|
|Information on application process for various types of IP, forms, and contact information. Trial version of 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: Chinese Taipei Intellectual Property Office (English) (Chinese)|
|Contact information, legislation, statistics, and annual reports. Searchable |
database of patent abstracts, Chinese Taipei Patent Index (CTPI).
Language: Chinese, English
|Thailand: Department of Intellectual Property|
|News, statistics, and legislation, including Thai court decisions. Search Patent 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.|
|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.|
|Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan Patent Office|
|General information and legislation.|
|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. Patent publications include Patents Status Query database and Patent and Design Journal. Trademark publications include searchable TradeMarks Database and TradeMarks Journal. Designs Database includes images and registration information.
|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).
|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
|Yugoslavia: Federal Bureau for Intellectual Property|
|Legislation, application forms, fee schedules, and listing of attorneys. |
Language: Serbian, English