Emory International Law Review


The growing internationalization of patent activity is promoting innovation and facilitating technology transfers on an increasingly globalized level. The World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO") has reported an increase in the number of patents filed and issued worldwide and a growing trend of applicants filing their applications in multiple nations. The internationalization of patent activity can also be seen in the Patent Cooperation Treaty ("PCT"), the Patent Law Treaty, and the numerous calls for the streamlining and harmonization of patent law among different jurisdictions. The process of seeking patent protection and enforcing patent rights is one filled with international considerations.