UK joins system for international design registrations

UK joins system for international design registrations

13 June 2018

Today, 13th June 2018, the UK officially joined the Hague System for the international registration of industrial designs.

The Hague System, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is a way of filing a design in multiple jurisdictions with one application. It will now enable users to choose design protection in the UK for international applications.

The European Union has been a member since 2008, which has given UK businesses access, but the UK’s accession allows for the UK to be designated individually.

Today’s news means the UK is the 54th member of the Hague Agreement and 68th member of the Hague Union. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is part of the United Nations based in Geneva.

On its website the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) said: “The UK’s decision to join the Hague system in a national capacity is about flexibility. It is part of a wider designs modernisation programme to streamline the designs legal framework. Businesses will have a greater choice in how they register their designs internationally.”

CITMA President Tania Clark said: “Protecting industrial designs via the Hague System will improve efficiency and is likely to be a more cost effective system for businesses.

“As the EU is a member, it will also provide UK businesses and Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys direct access to filing EU registered community designs whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations.”

CITMA members can watch our recent designs seminar, chaired by David Stone. Click here to view it (log-in required).


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