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U.S. to Join Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs

The Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. filed for ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.  When membership is finalized on May 13, 2015, design patent applicants in the U.S. will be able to file a single international design application with the USPTO to obtain protection in numerous countries.  Currently, the Hague system allows design applicants to register up to 100 designs in over 62 territories with a single application.  The Hague system is expected to grow significantly as more countries join the treaty.  South Korea was the last country to join, and Japan is expected to become a member concurrently with the U.S.

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