Do International patents exist?

Patent is a national right, given by each country separately.


A patent is a monopoly. Since most of the countries maintain the right to grant monopolies in their jurisdiction, countries do not rush to adopt monopolies granted by other parties. Similarly, most of the countries do not adopt in their territory patents granted by other countries. That is, international patents do not exist.


It is important to understand that there are international patent applications (known as PCT applications); nevertheless these applications will not become international patents.