Patent Tourism – Emerging legal tourism?

I note that, as reported in Harvard Business Review, more than 1.6 million Americans will travel abroad for medical treatment for good care at much lower prices.

Is this just limited to medical services?
Can this be for other services such as IP protection?

Consider if you are an individual inventor or a major company with an invention portfolio that you wish to get patents & trade marks for. Would you consider using a jurisdiction such as Australia with high standards and low costs to:
1. lodge your initial Patent & Trade Mark registrations , followed by
2. use of international treaties such as the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) & Madrid Protocol (trademarks) to extend the protection into the expensive jurisdictions such as Europe and the USA.

Outsourcing services & exploiting international treaties is also available for IP protection: will this be another emerging outsourcing & off-shoring?

Published initially in blog at http://www.1place.com.au/wptest.php

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