Many countries, including the US, require inventors to receive special permission to file with patent offices outside of the inventor’s – or invention’s – country. A foreign filing license is a government issued document that represents this permission for inventors and companies to file in foreign countries. These requirements can vary significantly by country and can even conflict, in some cases. We've assembled a table that breaks these requirements down per country.
And for an even deeper dive, check out our License to File podcast episode that explains foreign filing licenses in depth, covers the associated risks, and provides some conflict resolution strategies for when things get sticky.