35 U.S.C. 385. Effect of international design application
An international design application designating the United States shall have the effect, for all purposes, from its filing date determined in accordance with section 384, of an application for patent filed in the Patent and Trademark Office pursuant to chapter 16.
Effective Dates for Changes Made to this Section
(a) In General.--The amendments made by this title shall take effect on the later of--
(1) the date that is 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act; or
(2) the date of entry into force of the treaty with respect to the United States.
The effective date is December 18, 2013.