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As of 2015-05-13, the United States is part of the Hague Agreement. What this means is that it is now easier to get protection for design patents in multiple countries. There are other treaties that do similar things for different flavors of intellectual property:
- Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – for utility patents
- Madrid Protocol – for trademarks
- Hague Agreement – for design patents
It is, of course, very easy to over-spend on foreign IP rights.
- If revenue/COUNTRY >= $5.0 million, then consider patents in COUNTRY.
- If revenue/COUNTRY >= $0.5 million, then consider trademarks in COUNTRY.
Where COUNTRY is a variable.