Lesson 6: Industrial Design Protection in Multiple Jurisdictions
Is There AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY TO FACILITATE MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL REGISTRATIONS?
The Hague Treaty on Industrial Designs facilitates multi-jurisdictional protection through the filing of one international application. It is similar in this respect to the PCT process for patents.
The Hague Treaty currently has over 60 Members including the EU and the United States. As in the case of patents, deciding whether to proceed by way of the Hague Treaty is a decision to be made based on your own particular circumstances. Think now and for the future when deciding whether to proceed with international filings and in respect of which particular countries.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Website provides useful comparative information about national industrial design laws as well as under the Hague Treaty