MPEP 2900

International Design Applications

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Number of Pages:  55 pgs
Sections:  2901 – 2950

Brief Summary:

This chapter was new as of the 9th Edition 07.2015.  It covers details on International Design Applications. A single International Design Application may be filed through the USPTO or the International Bureau under the Hague Agreement. The application may list multiple Contracting Parties. 

The filing of a single international design application may have the effect of an application for protection in multiple countries and/or intergovernmental organizations that are Contracting Parties. The U.S. became a Contracting Party to the Hague Agreement on May 13, 2015.

Key Terms:

Contracting PartyDesign PatentHague Agreement
International Design Application  

37 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations):

37 CFR 1.55Claim for foreign priority.
37 CFR 1.41Inventorship.

35 USC (United States Code):

35 USC 384Filing date.
35 USC 389Examination of international design application.

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