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Design protection through national applications abroad

Outside Switzerland, the Hague Agreement or the European Union, it is necessary to file separate applications for each state in which protection is sought through a local representative. The applicable national laws, the filing formalities as well as the examination and grant/registration procedures vary from one country to another. National applications abroad are the only way of achieving design protection in such countries as the USA, Japan or China; the period of protection afforded as well as the name (in Germany: Geschmacksmuster, in the USA: Design Patent) vary. The attached document gives an estimate of the typical costs to be considered for design protection in some countries that are frequently selected.

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