Box 26Regional office rather than an individual country

Regional offices are designated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The chart below is abstracted from the Handbook on Industrial Property Information and Documenation at WIPO Web site.

  • Use the patent designation in the last column when citing a patent from a regional office.
    OfficeAbbreviationPatent Designation
    African Intellectual Property OrganizationOAPIAfrican Intellectual Property patent
    African Regional Intellectual Property OrganizationARIPOAfrican Regional Intellectual Property patent
    Benelux Designs OfficeBBDMBenelux patent
    Eurasian Patent OrganizationEAPOEurasian patent
    European Patent OrganisationEPOEuropean patent
    Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the GulfGCCGulf Cooperation Council patent
    World Intellectual Property OrganizationWIPOWorld patent
    Example:
    • Cully EH, Cutright WJ, Nordhausen CT, Vonesh MJ, Walter JT, inventors; Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc., assignee. Medical device amenable to fenestration. European patent EP 1 539 037 B1. 2005 Jul 12. 27 p.

From: Chapter 7, Patents

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Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers [Internet]. 2nd edition.
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