Intellectual Property in Austria

Overview by
National Organizations
The body responsible for the protection of intellectual property is the Austrian Patent Office.
Regional Organizations
European Patent Office (EPO)
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent Law (Federal Law No. 259/1970), last amended in 2001.
20 years (maximum). Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Trademark Protection Law (Federal Law No. 260/1970), last amended by in 1999.
10 years (extendible). Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Semiconductor Protection Right Law 1988 (Federal Law No. 372/88 on the Protection of Topographies of Microelectronic Semiconductor Products), last amended in 1996.
10 years (maximum)  
Federal Act on Copyright in Works of Literature and Act on Related Rights, April 1936, last amendment in 1998.
Generally 70 years after the death of the author of the work. Berne convention
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Designs Law (Federal Law No. 497/1990, June 1990), last amended in 1992.
5 years ( extendible up to 25 years after every 5 years).  

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