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U.S. Institutes New International Design Applications

In February 2015, the United States completed steps to become a member of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement). The Hague Agreement went into effect for the...more

The PCT Process - flexible, cost-effective and efficient

Initiated in 1970, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) has become a popular tool for patent applicants interested in obtaining patents in multiple countries. In 2014, 61,492 PCT applications were filed by U.S. applicants. As...more

Intellectual Property Alert: The U.S. and Japan Join the Hague System

May 13, 2015 — Today, the United States and Japan will become contracting parties to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. The Hague System allows the filing of a single international...more

Hague to Break It to You: International Design Applications Are Not a Silver Bullet for Multijurisdictional Protection

As of May 13, 2015, the Hague Agreement is fully implemented in the United States. There has been a significant amount of excitement regarding the U.S. accession to the Hague Agreement, which includes an extension of U.S....more

U.S. Ascension To The Hague Agreement Concerning The International Registration Of Industrial Designs

Design patents allow patentees to protect the aesthetic appearance of articles, in contrast to utility patents that protect the utility of an inventive concept. While the scope of protection provided by a utility patent is...more

An Easier Way to Protect Your Designs Globally

Beginning May 13, 2015, U.S. patent owners will have a streamlined and more economical way to obtain international protection of industrial designs. This is the date when U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") rule...more

The Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs: A PCT for Design Patents?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published the Final Rules for implementation of the Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs (i.e., design patents). Starting May 13, 2015, U.S.-based applicants...more

New Changes to U.S. Design Patent Law

American-based companies seeking protection for industrial designs will soon be encountering significant changes. On May 13, 2015, the United States will become a contracting party to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement...more

Hague Agreement Streamlines Registration of Industrial Designs

On April 2, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued Final Rules to implement the provisions of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs. The Agreement is effective in the...more

WIPO Releases Data on 2014 International Patent Filings

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released data on 2014 international application filings under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). WIPO noted that U.S. and Japanese filings accounted for almost...more

Design Protection Goes Global: The Hague Agreement Will Change Industrial Design Strategies

The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, more commonly known as the “Hague Agreement,” is a treaty that establishes an international filing system for industrial design...more

After 15 Years, International Applications Under Hague Agreement Available To U.S. Applicants Beginning May 15, 2015

On February, 13, 2015, the U.S. took a major step towards implementing the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs by depositing an instrument of ratification with World Intellectual...more

Changes Coming in U.S. Design Patent Law and Procedures

A design patent has long been available in the United States for protecting the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture (sometimes referred to as an "industrial design"). Thus, design patents can be generally...more

UDRP Panel Tells Snapchat to Check Itself Regarding Snapchatcheck.com

By now you’ve probably heard of Snapchat. But if you are not among its growing core base of users between 13 and 23 years of age (probably a good deal younger than you, constant reader) there’s a good chance you are not a...more

International Design Applications Under the Hague Agreement: Q&A for Companies Designating the U.S.

In early February 2015, the U.S. announced that it had deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement) with...more

Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs

On December 18, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the “Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012,” S. 3486, which implements the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of...more

United States Completes Deposit for Hague Agreement for Industrial Designs

Today, February 13, 2015, the United States deposited with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs...more

Canada’s New Trademark Law and What it Means for Business

Through sweeping legislation smuggled in by means of an omnibus budget bill, Canada’s trademark registration regime will be changed more dramatically than at any time in the last 50 years. The changes are giving trademark...more

Trademark Highlights from the IPO’s 2014 IP Record

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) recently released its 2014 IP Record, an annual report detailing global intellectual property trends. Now in its seventh year, the report draws from a range of sources,...more

Utility Patent Trends Gleaned from the IPO’s 2014 IP Record

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) recently released its 2014 IP Record, an annual report detailing intellectual property trends in the United States and the top five patent offices from around the world. The...more

Anti-counterfeiting: protecting your brand – why it is important and how to do it

Intellectual property (“IP”) is often the DNA of a business. A brand can be integral to reputation, revenue streams and goodwill. However, protecting IP is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly with the proliferation...more

Examining Trends in Worldwide Design IP Filings  [Video]

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., discusses interesting trends from the World Intellectual Property Organization's yearly report of worldwide...more

BIO International Convention 2014 Preview -- Part II: BIO and Leaders in the IP Community

The 2014 BIO International Convention begins this week in San Diego. If you are planning on attending, you probably already know that the amount of information and opportunities available at BIO can be daunting. Therefore,...more

Use of ADR in Technology Transactions

A recent WIPO Survey assessed the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses in various technology transactions, and the results make for interesting reading for anyone who is in the business of negotiating...more

Recent Copyright And Trademark Administrative Developments

Some recent administrative developments may be of interest to copyright and trademark practitioners: Copyright Fees - Effective May 1, 2014, the U.S. Copyright Office has amended its registration fee schedule. This...more

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