The International Patent Institute
standing for Institut International des Brevets
, its French
name) was an intellectual property organisation
established on June 6
in The Hague
, by a set of European
and the Netherlands. It was integrated into the European Patent Organisation
on January 1 1978
. Its purpose was to centralize patent searching
and archiving as well as the resources needed for the prior art
searches for its member countries.
The integration of the International Patent Institute into the European Patent Organisation led in practice to the creation of the branch of the European Patent Office (EPO) at the Hague. This branch still exists and is one of three locations of the EPO (along with Munich and Berlin) where European patent applications may be filed.