Triadic Patents Law and Legal Definition

Triadic patents are a set of patents taken from three different offices, the European Patent Office (EPO), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) for the same invention, by the same applicant. Triadic patents are obtained with a view to simultaneously protect an invention in the American, European and Japanese markets. It is a special type of patent family.

It may take years to obtain a triadic patent because the application processing time is much more. An applicant may have to wait for 5 or 6 years after the title is issued at the PTO to get the data on triadic patents completed. Triadic patents are set up by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development using the PTO databases.