I have a device for which I hold a US Patent, but I never
attempted to get it patented internationally, and I'm wondering if
most countries honor US patents, or must I register or apply for
patents in other locations.
Catching up on 639 Orchid posts...
Your US patent doesn't give you any protection in any other country,
not even Canada or England. And, since your US patent has already
issued you are not even entitled to a patent in any other
country---if you were to apply for one your own patent would preclude
you from getting a valid patent in that country.
And just a side note (re a different thread), there are three main
kinds of intellectual property protection, copyright, trademark, and
patent. They are all three very different from each other and it is
wrong to use one term when another is in fact the case. It is also
wrong to cavalierly brush off someone's rights with the sad excuse
(not) that "the public" will take those rights anyway. The reality is
they won't, loss of trademark rights is always due to laxity on the
part of the owner.
James E. White
Inventor, Marketer, and Author of "Will It Sell? How to Determine If
Your Invention Is Profitably Marketable (Before Wasting Money on a
Patent)" Info Sites: www.willitsell.com www.inventorhome.com,
www.idearights.com www.taletyano.com www.booksforinventors.com