Intellectual property law is international in scope. Under treaty provisions, direct foreign national applications may be based on US patent or trademark applications provided that the foreign applications meet the statutory requirements and are filed within one year for utility patent applications or six months for trademark applications and design patent applications. Other international filing regimes include the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) and the EPO (European Patent Office) for utility patent applications and the EUTM (European Union Trademark) and the MDP (Madrid Protocol) for trademark applications.


BSTZ LLP works with a network of foreign associates to assist in filing throughout the world. In addition, BSTZ on behalf of its international clients files numerous applications in the US that claim priority to applications filed in foreign countries and under the PCT.

The firm has a dedicated international filing staff and attorneys who focus on international practice. The West Coast and Denver offices are ideal locations for business with Europe in the morning and Asia in the late afternoon.


Translations and Languages

BSTZ works with translation firms to meet the translation needs of the international practice. In addition, a number of attorneys, agents, and staff have foreign language skills. The following is a partial list:

  • Cantonese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Taiwanese
  • Vietnamese

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