Online Patent and Trademark Resources

Intellectual Property Offices

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: French


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.
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 databasestrademark databases, and designs databases
Language: English


Austria: 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: English


Belgium: Office for Industrial Property

Overview of Belgium Ministry of Economic Affairs, library resources,  kinds of searches that can be done, location, and contacts.
Language: English


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 RecordManual of Patent Office Practiceand TradeMarks JournalSearchable  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.  Gazettes and weekly list of patent applications.  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, DPMApatentblatt (searchable in 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 DatabaseTrademark DatabaseDesign DatabaseCommercial  Signs Database, and Company Names Database.
Language: French


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. (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)
 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, 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.
Language: Slovak


Slovenia: Slovenian Intellectual Property Office
 Legislation, listing of IP attorneys, statistics, fees, and most recent annual report. Searchable patentindustrial 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.
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. 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.
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. Patent publications include Patents Status Query database and Patent and Design Journal. Trademark publications include searchable TradeMarks Database and TradeMarks JournalDesigns 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


Yugoslavia: Federal Bureau for Intellectual Property
 Legislation, application forms, fee schedules, and listing of attorneys
Language: Serbian, English