Benefits Of US Implementation Of The Hague Agreement

Law360, New York (January 11, 2013, 12:24 PM EST) -- President Obama recently signed into law the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (U.S. Bill S.3486), which goes into effect in December 2013. The law will allow U.S. citizens and residents to participate in the existing international filing system for design patents via the Hague System Agreement. Upon implementation, U.S. applicants will be able to more efficiently secure protection for industrial designs abroad. In addition, international owners of design rights can more fully avail themselves of a simplified filing mechanism for securing protection of their designs in the United States....

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