Public comments sought on upcoming treaty negotiations on proposed Design Law Treaty

Published on: 03/26/2024 14:03 PM



US Patent and Trademark Office

Public comments sought on upcoming treaty negotiations on proposed Design Law Treaty

The USPTO is seeking comments from the public on negotiations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) regarding a proposed Design Law Treaty (DLT). A diplomatic conference to finalize the treaty will be conducted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 11-22, 2024. 

The negotiations at the Riyadh diplomatic conference will be the culmination of years of discussions at the WIPO Standing Committee on Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications. The provisions of the DLT will pertain to formalities associated with applications for the protection of industrial designs. Adoption of it may result in changes to requirements associated with filing these applications in the United States.

“The Design Law Treaty aims to help designers obtain easier, faster, and cheaper protection for their industrial designs—both in domestic and foreign markets," said Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “It would make it significantly easier for small- and medium-sized enterprises to obtain industrial design protection overseas by simplifying and streamlining our procedures and requirements globally.”

For more information about the DLT and its negotiation process, or to submit a comment regarding it, please visit starting March 27. The deadline for submission of comments is June 25, 2024.


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