Sorry for the late response here, but I did want to reply. Let me first disclaim: IANAL
- you should really get solid advice from someone in the know.
In my search, I believe that anyone who's a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property respects any other member's patents. I also found this neat article, that while it talks about the EU (though with a .uk DN), it does shed some light on patents as well.
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