The US and Japan are joining the Hague System and we had the chance to interview David Gerk of the USPTO. He is overseeing the offorts of the USPTO regarding design protection and the accession to the Hague Agreement. Also, we are telling you about some cool features of Patentscope, the free patent search tool of WIPO. This episode is our 1st anniversary episode of IP Fridays. We publlished our first episode on May 1st, 2014. Thank you for being a loyal listener if this podcast and feel free to suggest future topics and iprovements to the format of the show.