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Europe Accedes to Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs

The accession will become effective on January 1, 2008, allowing users to obtain protection in the European Communiuty and other members of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement by filing one single application for the registration of their industrial designs.

Under the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement, contracting parties have a period of six months to examine whether a new international registration can be granted protection in their territory. This period may be extended by a further six months for those contracting parties whose law requires examination of the novelty of the registered design. It also introduced a modified fee system, the possibility of deferring publication of a design for up to 30 months and the ability to file samples of the design rather than photographs or other graphic reproductions. The latter features are of particular interest to the textile and fashion industries.

An international registration will have effect in as many members of the Geneva Act as identified in the application for registration, except those that refuse protection within the required time-limit. If protection is not refused by the EC’s industrial design office, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trademarks and Designs) (OHIM), protection of the industrial designs in question will be effective in all 27 EC member states just as if the applicant had applied or registered directly with OHIM.

Learn more about the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs here.
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