Registered designs, or similar rights such as design patents, are available in most countries in the world. We obtain foreign registered designs and design patents for our clients through our network of associates abroad. Although a single registered Community design right can give registered protection for the whole of the European Union, if protection is sought outside the EU, it will generally be necessary to file separate applications in each country of interest. There is an international scheme (“the Hague Agreement”) which allows applicants to obtain protection in signatory countries via an initial, single international application.
If you are considering protecting your design in a number of jurisdictions, then it may be possible, in some circumstances, to file initially in a single jurisdiction and to delay deciding whether to file in other jurisdictions for up to six months after the first application has been filed, without loss of rights.