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USPTO Hague Agreement Road Show 

Hosted by the 
United States Patent and Trademark Office 

January 14, 2014
USPTO Headquarters
James Madison Auditorium North
600 Dulany Street, Concourse Level
Alexandria, VA 22314

The meeting will be open to members of the public to attend, space permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis. It will also be webcast at https://new.livestream.com/uspto/hagueagreement. 

Attendees should arrive at least one-half hour prior to the start of the meeting. Persons who have pre-registered (and received confirmation) will have seating held until 15 minutes before the program begins.



Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA) amends the patent laws to implement the provisions of the 1999 Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Designs (Hague Agreement) and is to take effect on the entry into force of the Hague Agreement with respect to the United States. The Hague Agreement provides that an applicant is entitled to apply for design protection in Hague Agreement member countries and with intergovernmental organizations by filing a single, standardized international design application in a single language.  The USPTO proposes to change the rules of practice to implement title I of the PLTIA and has requested comments from the public on the proposed rule changes.

Before the comment period closes on January 28, 2014, the USPTO will host a roadshow where subject matter experts will give an overview of the Hague System and provide information on specific rules and fees.  These events are an additional forum for the public to learn about the USPTO’s proposals in advance of the written comment deadline.