The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act (the PLTIA) implements the Geneva Act of the Hauge Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. The Hauge Agreement makes filing international design patent applications more straightforward and less expensive. In particular, the Hauge Agreement allows design patent applicants to file a single international design application to pursue protection in multiple countries rather than needing to file separate design patent applications in each country.
The Patent Office is currently working on making rules to implement the PLTIA. The PLTIA was signed into United States law on December 18, 2012, but has not yet been implemented by the U.S. Patent Office. The most recent activity related to implementing the PLTIA was a public forum held at the Patent Office on January 14, 2014. Prior to the public forum, the Patent Office published a notice in the Federal Register seeking written comments on proposed changes to the rules of practice to implement Title I of the PLTIA.