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01/02/07

EU Accession to the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs

The Council of the European Union has adopted a Decision approving the accession of the European Community to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs.

This will allow applicants to obtain, by means of a single international application filed with the International Bureau of WIPO, protection for a design not only throughout the EU, via the Community Design system, but also in the countries which are members of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement. Thus, the need to file a whole series of registrations with different national or regional offices will be eliminated.

Applicants from any EU country will then be able to make use of the international system although no specific date of accession has yet been set. However, the EU Community Designs Office (OHIM)foresees that the Regulation giving effect to this accession should enter into force in the third quarter of 2007.