International Design Registration for USA and Japan

Design Registration, Hague System

The United States and Japan acceded to the Hague System for the international registration of industrial design. The agreement is in force since Mai 13, 2015.

By the affiliation of two of the world biggest economies, the recent affiliation of South Korea (2014) and the affiliation of the EU (2007) the Hague System has become more important. In addition, the planed affiliation of China, Canada and Russia could complete the idea of an international design registration system.

The Hague System provides in particular a cost efficient and simple system in order to registrate for international designs, which now may be also used for the US and Japan. Nevertheless, the national requirements with regard to the examination of the design and the particularities of the granting and registration must be respected.

If you require additional information or need assistance in protecting your designs, please do not hesitate to contact our IP team.

*Andreas Glarner | Luca Hitz

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