The Hague Agreement and Design Filings: Recent Trends and Developments in 2018
The Hague Agreement is an international registration system that allows patent owners to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs in designated member countries and intergovernmental organizations, which are known as “Contracting Parties.” Single international applications in a single language are filed either through the office of applicant’s contracting party or with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The growing figure of international design patent filings via the Agreement and the increasing number of signatory countries imply the treaty's effectiveness in protecting design patents.
However, although the system successfully provides new cost-effective means and opportunities to protect designs, it is not without its challenges. Thus, it is with great importance that patent counsel must understand the International Design Application (IDAs) process and keep themselves abreast of the latest developments surrounding this significant topic.
In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an overview of the latest trends and critical issues surrounding the Hague Agreement and Design Filings. Speakers will also offer best practices in maximizing the benefits of the design protection system and in mitigating potential risks and pitfalls.
Key topics include:
- The Hague Agreement - An Overview
- Recent Hague Application Rejections
- Potential Future Hague Member Countries
- Risks and Pitfalls
- Design Patent Filing Considerations
- Trends and Developments
- Best Practices and Strategies
Babak Kusha, Partner
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
- Questions to ask clients
- What Countries?
- Publish or not?
- Direct or indirect filing?
- Client reminders and guidelines
- Advantages for the client
- Economic calculus
- Advantages for the practitioner
- Focused bundle of design rights
John McKeown, Counsel
Goldman, Sloan, Nash and Haber LLP
- amendments to the Canadian Industrial Design Act to allow for filing applications under the Hague system;
- filing strategies.
Who Should Attend:
- Design Patent Attorneys
- Patent Licensing Attorneys
- IP and related Attorneys
- Chief Compliance Officers
- Compliance and Risk Officers
- Legal Counsel
- Patent Owners
- Other Related and Interested Professionals
Babak Kusha is an intellectual property partner based in Kilpatrick Townsend’s San Francisco office. He is the Co-Chair of the Mechanical and Medical Device Patent Team with over 17 years of experience as a registered patent attorney and 12 years as a mechanical and nuclear engineer. He prosecutes design and utility patent applications for his clients and has extensive experience in the field of design law, including strategic design protection and enforcement including coordinating U.S. and international utility and design patent, trademark and copyright protections. Babak counsels clients on various aspects of intellectual property law, including clearance or freedom-to-operate, invalidity and non-infringement issues, competitive analyses, patentability opinions, invention identification, and assessment, as well as preparation and prosecution of patent applications.
Babak Kusha is an intellectual property partner based in Kilpatrick Townsend’s San Francisco office. He is the Co-Chair of the …
John focuses on providing advocacy and advice concerning intellectual property and related matters, including protecting trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, patents, confidential information and misleading advertising claims under the Competition Act. A growing component of his work relates to intellectual property claims on the Internet, including domain name disputes. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Trademarks/Copyright). He is currently the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Trademarks Committee. John is also the Chair of the American Bar Association International Trademark Treaties and Laws Committee.
John is recognized as a leading trademark practitioner in Canada and globally in Best Lawyers in Canada and World Trademark Review.
John is the author of Fox, Canadian Law of Copyright and Industrial Designs (3rd Edition, 2000; 4th Edition, 2003), the leading copyright and industrial design textbook in Canada. The 4th edition has been released in a loose leaf format. John and the text have been referred to by both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal as an authoritative source
John is also the author of two textbooks dealing with trademarks, Brand Management in Canadian Law (Carswell 1st Edition, 2004; 2nd Edition, 2006; 3rd Edition, 2010 and 4th Edition, 2016) and Canadian Intellectual Property Law and Strategy: Trademarks, Copyright and Industrial Designs. (Oxford, 1st Edition, 2010, LexisNexis 2013 Edition, 2014 Edition , 2015 Edition, 2016 Edition and 2017 Edition).
John focuses on providing advocacy and advice concerning intellectual property and related matters, including protecting trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, patents, …
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About Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP is a leading international law firm with over 600 attorneys across 18 offices. We are well-positioned to serve all of our clients’ needs, bringing expertise in intellectual property, litigation, and corporate transactional matters
About Goldman, Sloan, Nash and Haber LLP
For more than 35 years, Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber (GSNH) LLP has helped leading businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals successfully navigate the maze of corporate & commercial law to help protect and grow their businesses. Our mid-sized law firm is based in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada and provides advice across all major practice areas including Intellectual Property. As a mid-sized law firm, we are committed to providing the personalized service of a boutique law firm with the sophistication of a larger law firm.