Patents: International and Non-U.S. Patents

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Concern over protection of intellectual property rights across national borders has existed since the mid 1800s and the first international accord, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, was signed in 1883.  The Patent Cooperation Treaty was sign in 1970 to further these protections and in 1994 the World Intellectual Property Office was created within the United Nations to oversee international intellectual property issues.

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