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Hague Agreement Geneva Act

The agreement was reached in the Dutch city of The Hague. The Hague Agreement on the International Filing of Industrial Designs, also known as the Hague System, provides for a mechanism for registering an industrial design in several countries by means of a single application filed in a language with a schedule of fees. The system is managed by WIPO. Assuming no objections are raised, there will also be a saving on the charges of the local design lawyer. It is not open to everyone; Various design-related changes are covered by WIPO: an applicant who does not fall under one of these headings cannot use the Hague System. The Parties include not only individual countries, but also intergovernmental organizations such as the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) and the European Union. This means that an applicant residing in an EU Member State that is not a contracting party, such as Austria or the United Kingdom, can nevertheless use the Hague System on the basis of their domicile in the European Union. There are three different legal acts that operate in accordance with the Hague Agreement: designated Offices have six months to notify WIPO of the refusal that the design does not comply with its law for substantive reasons; you cannot raise objections for formal reasons, since WIPO has already carried out this examination. This is a clear saving if you can apply centrally to cover a number of appointed offices, and is able to manage the recording of changes and renewals centrally, rather than desk by office. The duration of an international registration is five years and may be extended for a further five years, up to the maximum period authorized by each Contracting Party. For the London Act 1934, the maximum duration was 15 years.

WIPO verifies whether the application complies with its formalities, in particular the payment of official fees and the quality of the presentations of the designs contained in the registration form. Note that WIPO does not review for factual reasons; national Offices are encouraged to reject designs, for example because of a lack of novelty. There is no limit to the number of representations that can be included for each design. It is possible to enter exclusions of liability. It is also possible to include a description of the design and/or the identity of the creator of the design; for some parties, the participation of one or both contracting parties is compulsory. At the end of the formal examination and the completion of any formalities, the application shall be recorded in the International Register and published. . . .

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