NOTICE: The information below, just as all of the information on this website, is not guaranteed to be accurate. You need to contact a patent attorney and/or the patent office of your country prior to filing any patent application in a foreign country to ensure you are complying with the law.
Countries That Require Foreign Filing Receipts
The following countries require a foreign filing receipt or foreign filing permit prior to filing a patent application in a foreign country:
- Canada (only for Canadian government employees)
- China (Article 20 of the Chinese Patent Law, Article 398 of the Chinese Criminal Law, and Rule 8 of the implementing regulations)
- Germany (Section 52 of the German Patent Act)
- France (Articles L. 614-18 and 614-20 of the French Patent Law)
- South Korea (only for defense related inventions)
- United Kingdom (UK Patents Act 2004, Section 7)
- United States (35 U.S.C. 184)
Countries That Appear to Not Require Foreign Filing Receipts
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia (United Emirates)
Again, check with a patent attorney and/or the patent office in your country of residence prior to filing a patent application in a foreign country to ensure you are complying with the laws of your country.