What US Design Patent Applicants Can Expect From Hague
June 3, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT
Law360, New York (June 3, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT) -- U.S. applicants will soon have the opportunity to streamline procurement of design patent protection in foreign jurisdictions. The Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs, which enables applicants to obtain international protection for design patents by filing a single application, will take effect Dec. 18, 2013, barring diplomatic delays.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has advised that in about two months it will publish a set of proposed rules that will describe in more detail various aspects regarding how it will handle such applications....