• A New Design Patent International Filing Treaty
  • January 5, 2013 | Authors: James H. Johnson; Jeremy D. Spier; William L. Warren
  • Law Firm: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Atlanta Office
  • A new system for international design patent registration will greatly benefit design innovators through cost and timing efficiencies. In December 2012, President Obama signed into law the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012, which implemented the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (“the Hague Agreement”). The Hague Agreement is an international registration system that offers the possibility of obtaining protection for industrial designs in a number of countries and/or intergovernmental organizations (both referred to as “Contracting Parties”) by means of a single international application filed with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Hague Agreement will likely not go into effect for one year and will apply only to design patent applications filed after the effective date.