The Impact of the Hague Agreement on U.S. Design Law: 2016 Updates
Beginning May 13, 2015, U.S. applicants are allowed to file a single International Design Application (IDA) with the USPTO under The Hague Agreement. The application may seek to obtain design protection for up to 100 designs in each member country and organization referred to as "Contracting Party". Once granted, the protection will lasts to 15 years from issuance.
The Hague Agreement enhances design patent terms and at the same time decreases the cost and complexity of extending rights to more than 60 jurisdictions. However, the framework of Hague System is in conflict with a number of U.S. Design Law rules and requirements. This is why applicants should be first aware of the U.S. requirements before filing an IDA should the United States be a delegated Contracting Party. Moreover, U.S. patent practitioners should understand the subtleties of the desired jurisdictions before they file an application.
In this 2-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group will provide an overview to help you understand the critical elements of The Hague Agreement and its potential effects to the U.S. Design Law.
Key topics include:
- Overview of The Hague Agreement
- The USPTO final rules and its local provisions of The Hague Agreement
- Updates on the U.S. Design Patent practice under The Hague System
- Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of The Hague System
- Best practices in filing International Design Application (IDA)
Mark J. Thronson, Partner
Blank Rome LLP
- The Hague agreement itself, rules of the PTO
Margaret Polson, Founder
Polson Intellectual Law, PC
- Concerns for outbound people and jurisdictions where Hague won’t help & Inbound people designating the U-S
- US 112
- Best Practices
Darrell G. Mottley, Attorney
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
- What’s happening at the PTO , WIPO
Ian R. Walsworth, Shareholder
Sheridan Ross P.C.
- Synopsis is similar to what was done January 21, 2016 – expand on topics, including litigation and best practices
Who Should Attend:
- IP Attorneys & Consultants
- Patent Attorneys
- Patent Licensing Attorneys
- Design Patent Attorneys
- Patent Consultants
- Patent Litigators
- Public and Private Companies
- Other Related/Interested Professionals and Organizations
Ian is a registered patent attorney specializing in enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights. Ian routinely engages in intellectual property litigation and alternative dispute resolution on behalf of his clients, and he has successfully resolved dozens of complex IP litigation matters.
Ian’s practice is also dedicated to keeping clients out of litigation. He assists a number of enterprise and entrepreneurial clients in acquiring IP and has prepared and prosecuted domestic and foreign utility and design patent applications. Ian also advises clients on protecting their trademarks, trade dress and trade secrets.
Before becoming an attorney, Ian worked as a controls engineer for Rockwell Automation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Denver.
Ian is a registered patent attorney specializing in enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights. Ian routinely engages in intellectual …
Darrell G. Mottley practices law in the Washington D.C. office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. He provides strategic intellectual property law counseling in patent, copyright, and trademark cases, including opinions, licensing, and litigation. He has procured more than 650 designs for clients in the Hague system.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Mottley was an engineer in private practice, in the federal government and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches Design IP Law. He is a member of the Council of American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law and a past president of the District of Columbia Bar. He holds a law degree, with honors, from The George Washington University; and a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech University.
Darrell G. Mottley practices law in the Washington D.C. office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. He provides strategic intellectual property …
Ms. Polson is an attorney and a registered US Patent attorney. She has more than nineteen years of work experience in the field of intellectual property. She currently serves as the chair of the Industrial Designs committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She has extensive experience in patent matters, covering prosecution, invalidation and opinion works and industrial design and trademark matters. She helps multinational corporations protect their intellectual property worldwide, including IP strategy, patent portfolio management, and enforcement. She has drafted a wide range of utility patents, including oil drilling machinery, computer controlled rock saws, complex amusement rides, and vegetable oil derived engine oil.
She has drafted and prosecuted over three hundred US design patents, and has substantial experience enforcing US design patents. Recent events and developments have prompted many companies to pay more attention to protection of industrial designs; Ms. Polson was drafting and prosecuting design patents long before these recent events and developments.
Ms. Polson is an attorney and a registered US Patent attorney. She has more than nineteen years of work experience …
Mark Thronson is a partner in Blank Rome’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group. Mark has thirty-four years of successful experience in virtually every aspect of patent law, including patent litigation, patent post-grant proceedings, patent prosecution, opinions/counseling, patent licensing, and alternative dispute resolution. Mark represents many of the world’s most important companies in a wide range of technologies.
From 1982 to 1988, Mark was an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. From 1994 to 2009, Mark was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught intellectual property law to graduate business students. In 2013, he received the prestigious Burton Award for distinguished legal writing. Mark received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering; he received his law degree, with honors, from George Washington University.
Mark Thronson is a partner in Blank Rome’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group. Mark has thirty-four years of successful experience …
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About Sheridan Ross P.C.
Sheridan Ross is the oldest patent and trademark law firm in the Rocky Mountain region. The firm’s 50 intellectual property specialists work to protect their clients’ rights in the U.S. and around the globe in a full range of technologies, including mechanical and electrical engineering, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, computer hardware and software, consumer goods, and more.
About Polson Intellectual Law, PC
Polson Intellectual Property Law, PC is a boutique law firm specializing in patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Margaret Polson, Patent Attorney, is a patent lawyer with significant experience in utility patents, design patents, copyrights, trademarks, and more. She is the current chair of the AIPLA Industrial Design Committee and chair of the Hague implementation sub-committee.
About Blank Rome LLP
By listening to general counsel, business leaders, and entrepreneurs, and anticipating their needs, Blank Rome LLP has provided exceptional service to clients for seventy years. Blank Rome has become one of America’s largest and most successful law firms by adding leading talent and new practice areas to handle critical client matters.
The firm’s eighty-plus intellectual property attorneys are located in Philadelphia, Houston, New York, and Washington, DC. Blank Rome combines decades of intellectual property litigation experience, throughout the United States, and globally, with a robust prosecution, procurement, and asset management practice to devise strategies that help clients protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property assets.