Design patents cover the ornamental aspects of functional inventions.  For example, your new widget may work great functionally and you may want to protect the way the parts are internally connected that make it hold up better than your competitors' products.  But what about the way it looks?  If the appearance makes a consumer want to grab your product instead of someone else's then you may also want to protect your widget via design patent.  And what if you also will be selling your product abroad?  You may want to extend this protection to international jurisdictions.  Until recently this process entailed filing for design protection in individual countries within 6 months of your US filing date; fortunatly for you, this is now changing.  John Boger walks us through the Hague agreement and the reasons one must tread lightly including issues with review standards and drawing requirements as countries work out the kinks in the process.