The term of protection is five years and may be extended by at least five years under the 1960 Act or by two such periods under the 1999 Act. Where the law of a party provides for a longer term of protection, protection of the same term shall be granted in that Party on the basis of the international registration and its renewals of designs which have been the subject of an international registration. In order to facilitate access to the Hague System for creators from least developed countries (LDCs), international application fees will be reduced to 10 per cent of the amounts prescribed in their case. Update of the Hague Agreement On 13 March 2018, the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification as an accession to the Design Agreement, which will enter into force on 13 June 2018. In addition, the Canadian government adopted, on 23 July 2018, it deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act of the Convention, which will enter into force on November 5, 2018, on July 27, 2018. In summary, the Hague Agreement will continue to submit applications for accession to new members and, given the integration of Mexico into its patent grant, Mexico could in particular be one of the new members that will be integrated into the Hague Agreement in a short period of time. Following the formal examination and the completion of any formalities, the application shall be recorded in the International Register and published. Publication is done electronically on the WIPO website in the International Designs Bulletin, which is published weekly. Publication is usually carried out six months after registration (to take into account that national law often has a similar delay to avoid immediate publication of designs).
A request for publication may be submitted as soon as possible. Conversely, a deferral may be requested depending on the designated parties. It is then up to the notified bodies to check the publications on the Internet and to identify the designs identifying them. Video – Protecting Your Industrial Designs with WIPO`s Hague System The agreement offers a convenient and inexpensive commercial solution for registering a single international design application instead of multiple sets of applications in different national offices. Who can apply for the Hague System? While some jurisdictions allow computer programs in patent applications, others prohibit it, and in such circumstances, applicants may choose some kind of copyrighted protection and/or designs that contain graphical interfaces. For example, mobile devices or smartphone companies protect not only devices or devices with design applications, but also the multiple graphical interfaces displayed on the screen. Therefore, filing a single design application in The Hague is a very convenient and inexpensive strategy. The application is filed directly with the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. Unlike the international trademark registration system, no registration or registration is required.
Up to a hundred designs may be included in the same application, provided that they all apply to the same category of designs (according to the International Classification of Industrial Designs). . . . .