Unlike trademark applications under the Madrid Protocol, no prior application or registration is required in Japan. It is possible to qualify Japan as a designated nation of an international application (self-designation). Following the formal examination and the completion of any formalities, the application shall be recorded in the International Register and published. Publication is done electronically on the WIPO website in the International Designs Bulletin, which is published weekly. Publication is usually carried out six months after registration (to take into account that national law often has a similar delay to avoid immediate publication of designs). A request for publication may be submitted as soon as possible. Conversely, a deferral may be requested depending on the designated parties. An applicant files with the International Bureau of WIPO a single application indicating one or both industrial designs for which protection is sought, the countries where protection is sought, etc. (the application may also be filed with the JPO, with additional fees of 3,500 yen).

WIPO`s application fee does not have to be paid through the USPTO. Upon receipt of the international design application by the International Bureau, the International Bureau shall request the applicant to pay the necessary fees within a prescribed period. This is an optional box in which the applicant or representative may affix his or her reference number, which must be indicated by the International Bureau in any future communication concerning that international application. The international filing date is NOT the filing date of the international design application in the United States. The date of registration of an international design application in the United States is the date of international registration. See 35 U.S.C 384 and question HA2040. However, this data may, in practice, be the same date in some applications. Who filed most of The Hague`s design applications in 2019? Therefore, in order to avoid possible rejection, the applicant may indicate that some or all of the industrial designs contained in the international application must be taken into consideration in respect of a main design The day of international registration is the later date of the international filing date (see question HA2020) or the date on which the International Bureau received an element required by Article 5, paragraph 2. See Article 10(2). The date of registration of an international design application in the United States is the date of international registration.

See 35 U.S.C. 384. The default publication of an international registration by WIPO shall take place six months after the date of the international registration or as soon as possible. An applicant may require immediate publication and, in that case, publication shall take place immediately after the international registration. . . .