Design Patents and the Hague Agreement Option: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks of Filing an IDA
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will guide patent counsel on the application process under the Hague Agreement as well as the pros and cons of filing under the Agreement. The panel will discuss lessons learned from the first few years that U.S. applicants have had access to the Hague System. The panel will offer best practices for filing design patent applications.
- Overview of the Hague System globally, its members, who is using it and how
- Update from the USPTO on how it is approaching examination of IDAs, including best practices for filing an IDA indirectly through the USPTO
- Practice tips for preparing an IDA for filing in multi-jurisdictions including examination countries like the US, Japan and Korea
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing the IDA under the Hague Agreement?
- What are the lessons learned since U.S. applicants have had access to the Hague System?
- What best practices should counsel employ when filing an international design patent application?
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Ms. Durkin heads the firm’s Mechanical and Design Patent Group. With nearly 30 years of experience obtaining... | Read More
Ms. Durkin heads the firm’s Mechanical and Design Patent Group. With nearly 30 years of experience obtaining and enforcing IP rights, she has a deep understanding of utility and design patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Ms. Durkin has been an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School and has spoken internationally on topics such as the interplay between design patents and trade dress, and protection of user interface and the user experience. She is currently a Vice Chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of IP Section of the ABA.Close
David R. Gerk
Senior Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and International Affairs
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Mr. Gerk advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and... | Read More
Mr. Gerk advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on domestic and international IP issues as well as on United States treaty obligations and helps to formulate U.S. domestic and international policy regarding protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Prior to joining the USPTO, he was a shareholder in Banner & Witcoff's Washington, D.C., office where he practiced IP law. He oversaw the efforts of the USPTO regarding design protection and the accession to the Hague Agreement.Close
Head of Operations, Hague Registry
Mr. Sim is responsible for the filing, examination, renewal, and centralized management of international registrations... | Read More
Mr. Sim is responsible for the filing, examination, renewal, and centralized management of international registrations under the Hague System. Before joining the Hague Registry, he managed outreach initiatives, training activities and user relations for the PCT System. Prior to WIPO, he held various functions with the Government of Canada. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Province of Ontario.Close