The SPTO in the international system of patents and trademarks

Since 1995, the SPTO has had the role of International Patent Search Authority within the framework of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), with Spain being the first administration authorised to conduct international searches in Spanish.

In September 2001, the WIPO designated the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office an International Preliminary Examination Authority for patent applications filed in accordance with the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This designation enables Spanish-speaking applicants to perform all the processes of an international patent application in their own language, saving on costs and processes.

The SPTO is also a member of important international organisations dedicated to industrial property, in which it actively participates through their governing bodies: