From May 13, 2015 onwards, it will be possible to designate the USA and Japan in an international design application.
The Hague System offers a cost-effective, efficient means of registration of industrial designs in a large number of countries, providing design owners broad geographical protection of their designs with a minimum of formality and expense. Through a single application filed with WIPO, either electronically or on paper, a design can be registered in the 64 countries and intergovernmental organizations that are members of the Hague Agreement, which is underpinned by a series of international treaties.
The international registration produces the same effect of a grant of protection in each of the designated contracting parties as if the design had been registered directly with each national office, unless protection is refused by the national office.
Article Published February 16th, 2015