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December 15, 2016 Vol. 71 No. 21 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Board Passes Resolution on Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs


During the November meeting of INTA’s Board of Directors in Hollywood, Florida, the Board heard from the Association’s Designs Committee regarding a proposed Resolution, titled "Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs."

The Resolution states that registered designs are a powerful tool in intellectual property protection and enforcement. They are the natural means to protect the form of products, particularly given that trademark owners are unable to register 3D trademarks in many countries.

The Resolution noted that:
  1. The Hague System is the designs equivalent of the Madrid System for trademarks. It offers an efficient and cost-effective procedure to protect registered designs in multiple jurisdictions via a single application;
  2. 65 countries and intergovernmental organizations (including the EU and OAPI) are currently members of the Hague System. Recently the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) have joined; and
  3. It is critical for countries acceding to the Hague System to enact implementing legislation for the registration and enforcement of design rights.
In line with INTA’s core mission of promoting further harmonization of trademark rights and related rights, the Resolution therefore resolved that:
  • The International Trademark Association encourages countries and intergovernmental organizations to accede to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs; and
  • Countries and intergovernmental organizations acceding to the Hague Agreement should enact implementing legislation on the registration and enforcement of design rights.
Read the full text of the Resolution here.

INTA would like to thank 2016–2017 Chair of the Designs Committee, David Stone (Allen & Overy, UK); 20162017 International Design Harmonization Subcommittee Chair, Gregg Paradise (LernerDavid, USA); and 2016–2017 Designs Committee Members Simon Bennett (Fox Williams, UK), Marc-Christian Perronnet (M.C. Perronnet Law Firm, Switzerland), and Sandra Mau (TrademarkVision, USA), for all of their efforts.

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