Hague Agreement Regarding Industrial Designs (Design Patents) Taking Effect in US on May 13, 2015

Written by Tom Matikainen

The United States has deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs on February 13, 2015 with the WIPO.  The Hague Agreement took effect on May 13, 2015, and enables inventors of industrial designs to file a single standardized application with the USPTO to apply for a design patent in each of 62 territories that are members of the Agreement.  Such an Agreement will make it so much easier for inventors to seek design patent protection in many countries outside the US, thereby reducing costs and time to acquire foreign protection.  Plus, international design patent applications filed on or after May 13, 2015 will have a term of 15 years, instead of the current 14 year term

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