Christopher V. Carani Serves as AIPPI Delegate for Historic Design Law Treaty Negotiations at WIPO


From October 2-6, Christopher V. Carani served as the lead delegate for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) at the pre-diplomatic conference at WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland on the Design Law Treaty (DLT). Per the decision of the WIPO General Assembly, the DLT is scheduled to go to diplomatic conference in November 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where over 190 countries will be present for signing of the historic treaty. The proposed DLT would require those countries and organizations involved to adhere to requirements that would streamline the process for filing and protecting design rights around the world.

Chris has been assisting WIPO with the drafting of the DLT’s Articles and Rules since 2008. He noted that:

“The road to the Design Law Treaty has been long with many twists and turns. I am optimistic that the Design Law Treaty will come to fruition next November in Riyahd. When it does, the streamlined procedures will greatly ease the burdens on applicants seeking design protection both in the United States and abroad.”

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