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Intellectual Property in the Managerial Portfolio by Thomas S. O'Connor

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CHAPTER 9

International Protection of Intellectual Property

The Legal Basis for International Protection of Rights

A. The Presence of Intellectual Property Law

With a few very rare exceptions, each of the some 200 countries in the world today possesses a body of intellectual property rights law. These laws differ from one nation to another, and individuals and firms seeking to do business internationally should be aware that those divisions, subsidiaries, and employees of their firms domiciled in a country will be subject first to its laws and courts in the instance of an intellectual property rights dispute between their firm or any of its elements and any element of the local government, a domestic company of the country in question, or a citizen ...

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