Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs
The Government has announced that the UK will ratify and join the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, in 2018.
The Hague System enables design owners from a Member country/territory to obtain (and maintain) formal protection for their designs in other territories, in a highly cost effective manner. Applications for the registration of a design in over 60 countries can be made via a single application and the resulting registrations have a single renewal date to monitor.
Jo Johnson, Minister for Intellectual Property, has outlined the timetable.
“ We will have ratified the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement for International Registration of Designs by 31st March 2018 and be in a position to launch the service on 6th April 2018.”
UK based design owners are already able to take advantage of the benefits of the Hague System, by virtue of being part of the European Union, which is already one of the 66 Members of the Agreement. However, the UK is not a member and, in light of the likely effects of Brexit on intellectual property rights, the announcement is particularly welcome.
If you would be interested to receive further information about design protection, please contact us.