Worldwide Design Patent System Can Trip Up The Unwary

Law360, New York (May 14, 2015, 8:05 PM EDT) -- It became much easier for companies to seek worldwide design patent protection Wednesday when the U.S. joined the international system known as the Hague Agreement, and while obtaining design protection in over 60 countries with one application is appealing, the process is filled with tricky pitfalls, attorneys say.

Taking advantage of the Hague Agreement system can reduce the time and expense of securing design protection around the world, attorneys say, but applicants must research the design standards in all the countries where they are seeking protection to avoid the risk of having their applications rejected.

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