How to Set Up Business in JapanSection 5. Trademark and Design Protection Systems
5.9 International Registration of Industrial Designs

Due to acceding to Geneva Act of Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, Japan Patent office has introduced the International Registration of Industrial Designs. According to a revision of the Industrial Design Law in 2014, it is possible to file a design application with multiple offices overseas in one procedure simultaneously. The Hague Agreement took effect on May 13, 2015 and has entered into force since the same day.