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Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs

Parties with reservations, declarations and objections

Party Reservations / Declarations Objections
Armenia Yes No
Azerbaijan Yes No
Belgium Yes No
Belize Yes No
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes No
Botswana Yes No
Brunei Yes No
Bulgaria Yes No
Cambodia Yes No
Canada Yes No
Croatia Yes No
Denmark Yes No
Estonia Yes No
EU (European Union) Yes No
Finland Yes No
France Yes No
Georgia Yes No
Germany Yes No
Ghana Yes No
Hungary Yes No
Iceland Yes No
Israel Yes No
Japan Yes No
Kyrgyzstan Yes No
Latvia Yes No
Liechtenstein Yes No
Lithuania Yes No
Luxembourg Yes No
Mexico Yes No
Moldova Yes No
Monaco Yes No
Mongolia Yes No
Montenegro Yes No
Netherlands, the Kingdom of the Yes No
North Macedonia Yes No
Norway Yes No
OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organisation) Yes No
Oman Yes No
Poland Yes No
Republic of Korea, the Yes No
Romania Yes No
Russian Federation Yes No
Samoa Yes No
San Marino Yes No
Serbia Yes No
Singapore Yes No
Spain Yes No
Suriname Yes No
Syria Yes No
Tajikistan Yes No
Tunisia Yes No
Turkey Yes No
Ukraine Yes No
United Kingdom Yes No
United States of America Yes No
Vietnam Yes No

Armenia

13-09-2019

– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Armenia in respect of industrial designs is 25 years; and
– the declaration for the application of level two of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations.
In accordance with Rule 12(1)(c)(ii) of the Common Regulations, the application of level two of the standard designation fee will enter into force, in respect of Armenia, on December 13, 2019.

Azerbaijan

08-09-2010

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the law of Azerbaijan in respect of industrial designs is 15 years.

Belgium

07-06-2013

- the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP);
- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design provided for by the legislation of Benelux is 12 months;
- the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Benelux in respect of industrial designs is 25 years; and
- the declaration referred to in Article 19(1) of the 1999 Act, according to which the BOIP is designated as the common Office to the three Benelux countries and the territories of the three countries to which the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (trademarks and designs) applies is considered as one single Contracting Party for the application of Articles 1, 3 to 18 and 31 of the 1999 Act.
The 1999 Act will enter into force, with respect to Belgium, at a later date, in accordance with Articles 27 and 28 of the 1999 Act.

Belize

09-11-2018

– the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through its Office;
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design provided for by the legislation of Belize is 12 months; and
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Belize in respect of industrial designs is 15 years.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

06-11-2012

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.

Botswana

13-11-2009

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Botswana in respect of industrial designs is 15 years.

Brunei

27-11-2013

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where Brunei Darussalam is designated in an international registration is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Brunei Darussalam in respect of industrial designs is 15 years; and
- the declaration for the application of level three of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations.
These declarations will enter into force in respect of Brunei Darussalam on February 27, 2014.

Bulgaria

12-01-2004

- the declaration referred to in Rule 36(1) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act (which will enter into force on April 1, 2004), whereby Bulgaria wants to receive an individual designation fee in connection with any international application in which it is designated (instead of the prescribed designation fee).


07-07-2008

- the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act, whereby Bulgaria wants to receive, instead of the prescribed designation fee, an individual designation fee in connection with any international application in which it is designated, and in connection with the renewal of an international registration designating Bulgaria under the 1999 Act;
- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby the law of Bulgaria does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design (it will therefore not be possible for an applicant to request the deferment of the publication in an international application designating Bulgaria under that Act);
- the declaration referred to in Article 14(3)(a) of the 1999 Act, to the effect that where Bulgaria is the applicant's Contracting Party, the designation of Bulgaria in an international registration shall have no effect;
- a declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Bulgaria in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.


28-09-2011

The declarations under Articles 7(2), 11(1)(b) and 14(3)(a) of the Geneva (1999) Act and Rule 36(1) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act are no longer applicable.

Cambodia

25-11-2016

– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where Cambodia is designated in an international registration is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Cambodia in respect of industrial designs is 15 years; and,
– the declaration for the application of level two of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement.

Canada

16-07-2018

– the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through its Office;
– the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act, that, in connection with an international application in which Canada is designated, and in connection with the renewal of any international registration resulting from such an international application, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The details of the declaration and the amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice;
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the law of Canada in respect of industrial designs begins on the date of international registration and ends on the later of 15 years from the date of international registration or 10 years from the date of registration in Canada; and
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of the effects of an international registration is replaced by a period of 12 months.

Croatia

07-04-2004

- the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through its Office;
- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where Croatia is designated in an international registration is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
- the declaration referred to in Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum duration of protection provided for industrial designs by the legislation of Croatia is 25 years.
These declarations will enter into force on July 7, 2004.

Denmark

09-09-2008

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where Denmark is designated in an international registration is 6 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
- the declaration referred to in Article 16(2) of the 1999 Act, whereby any change in ownership of an international registration, recorded in the International Register in respect of Denmark and in respect of any or all of the industrial designs that are the subject of the international registration, shall not have effect with respect to Denmark until the Office of Denmark has received a document establishing the change in ownership or other documentation showing to the satisfaction of the Office that the change in ownership has taken place;
- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Denmark in respect of industrial designs is 25 years. However, the declaration also specifies that the maximum duration of protection for a design which constitutes a component part of a complex product so as to restore its original appearance ("spare parts") is 15 years;
- the declaration for the application of level two of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act of the Hague Agreement.


13-01-2016

Applicable to Faroe Islands as of 13-04-2016.

Estonia

12-01-2004

- the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through its Office;
- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where Estonia is designated in an international registration is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
- the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, whereby designs that are the subject of the same international application must conform to a requirement of unity of design.
These declarations will enter into force on April 1, 2004.


18-01-2008

- Withdrawal of the declaration made under Article 4(1)(b) of the Geneva Act.

EU (European Union)

24-09-2007

- a declaration as referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, to the effect that international applications may not be filed through the Office of the European Community;
- a declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of the European Community in respect of industrial designs is 25 years;
- a declaration as referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act, that, in connection with each international application in which it is designated, and in connection with the renewal of any international registration resulting from such an international application, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice.

Finland

01-02-2011

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where Finland is designated in an international registration is six months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
- the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Finland in respect of industrial designs is 25 years. However, the declaration also specifies that the maximum duration of protection for a design which is a component part of a complex product and is used to restore the original appearance of the complex product is 15 years;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 8(1) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement, whereby the law of Finland requires that an application for the protection of an industrial design be filed in the name of the creator of the industrial design. Where, in an international application designating Finland, the person identified as the creator is a person other than the person named as the applicant, the international application shall be accompanied by a statement justifying the applicant's right to the registration of the industrial design;
- the declaration for the application of level three of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months.

France

18-12-2006

- a declaration as referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, to the effect that international applications may not be filed through the Office of France;
- a declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of France in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.


18-03-2007

Including all Overseas Departments and Territories.

Georgia

12-07-2012

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Georgia in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.

Germany

13-11-2009

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the law of Germany in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.
- a declaration for the application of level two of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act of the Hague Agreement.

Ghana

15-09-2008

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Ghana in respect of industrial designs is 15 years;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 8(1) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act of the Hague Agreement, whereby the law of Ghana requires that an application for the protection of an industrial design be filed in the name of the creator of the industrial design. Where, in an international application designating Ghana, the person identified as the creator is a person other than the person named as the applicant, the international application shall be accompanied by a statement justifying the applicant's right to the registration of the industrial design;
- the declaration for the application of level three of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations.

Hungary

12-01-2004

- the declaration referred to in Rule 36(1) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act (which will enter into force on April 1, 2004), whereby Hungary wants to receive an individual designation fee in connection with any international application in which it is designated (instead of the prescribed designation fee).


31-05-2011

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby the law of Hungary does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design. It will therefore not be possible for an applicant to request the deferment of the publication in an international application designating Hungary under the 1999 Act;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 8(1) of the Common Regulations, whereby the law of Hungary requires than an application for the protection of an industrial design be filed in the name of the creator of the industrial design. An international application designating Hungary under the 1999 Act shall contain indications concerning the identity of the creator of the industrial design, together with a statement that the latter believes himself to be the creator of the industrial design. Where, in an international application designating Hungary under the 1999 Act, the person identified as the creator is a person other than the person named as the applicant, the international application shall be accompanied by a document to the effect that it has been assigned by the person identified as the creator to the person named as the applicant.
These declarations will enter into force on August 31, 2011.

Iceland

12-01-2004

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, according to which the law of Iceland does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design, so that it will not be possible for an applicant to request the deferment of the publication in respect of an international registration designating Iceland;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 8(1) of the Common Regulations, whereby the law of Iceland requires that an application for the protection of an industrial design be filed in the name of the creator of the industrial design. Where, in an international application designating Iceland, the person identified as the creator is a person other than the person named as the applicant, the international application must be accompanied by a statement to the effect that it has been assigned by the person identified as the creator to the person named as the applicant. Pursuant to Rule 8(1)(b), the declaration made by Iceland has further specified the form and mandatory contents of that statement, which will be set out in the international application form;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months.
These declarations will enter into force on April 1, 2004.

Israel

03-10-2019

– the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through its Office;
– the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act, whereby, in connection with an international application in which Israel is designated, and in connection with the renewal of any international registration resulting from such an international application, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The details of the declaration and the amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice;
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design provided for by the legislation of Israel is six months from the filing date;
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Israel for industrial designs is 25 years; and
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement, whereby where Israel is designated, the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of the effects of an international registration is replaced by a period of 12 months.

Japan

23-03-2015

– the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act, that, in connection with an international application in which Japan is designated, and in connection with the renewal of any international registration resulting from such an international application, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The details of the declaration and the amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice;
– the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act that Article 7 of the Design Act of Japan requires that only one independent and distinct design may be included in a single application;
– the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided by the Design Act of Japan is 20 years from the date of the registration of the establishment of a design right in Japan;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 9(3)(a) of the Common Regulations under the
1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement, whereby, where the product which
constitutes the industrial design is three-dimensional, a front view, a back view, a top view, a
bottom view, a left side view and a right side view, each made in compliance with the method of
orthographic projection, are required;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of the effects of an international registration is replaced by a period of 12 months; and,
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(c)(ii), where a decision regarding the grant of protection was unintentionally not communicated within the period of 12 months from the publication of the international registration, the international registration shall produce the effect referred to in Article 14(2)(a) of the 1999 Act at a time at which protection is granted according to the Design Act of Japan.


18-04-2019

[…] that Japan withdraws the declaration under Rule 9(3)(a) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement [...].
This withdrawal took effect on 1 May 2019.

Kyrgyzstan

12-01-2004

- the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, whereby designs that are the subject of the same international application must conform to a requirement of unity of design;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act, whereby, when Kyrgyzstan is designated under the 1999 Act, the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months;
- the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act and Rule 36(1) of the Common Regulations, whereby Kyrgyzstan wants to receive, instead of the prescribed designation fee, an individual designation fee in connection with any international application in which it is designated, and in connection with the renewal of an international registration designating Kyrgyzstan under the 1999 Act.
These declarations will enter into force on April 1, 2004.

Latvia

26-04-2005

- a declaration as referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, to the effect that international applications may not be filed through the Office of Latvia;
- a declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Latvia in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.

Liechtenstein

11-08-2003

- the declaration that, under Article 17(3)(c) of the said Act, the maximum duration of protection provided for by the law of the Principality of Liechtenstein is 25 years.

Lithuania

26-06-2008

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Lithuania in respect of industrial designs is 25 years;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months.

Luxembourg

03-09-2013

- the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP);
- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design provided for by the legislation of Benelux is 12 months;
- the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Benelux in respect of industrial designs is 25 years; and
- the declaration referred to in Article 19(1) of the 1999 Act, according to which the BOIP is designated as the common Office to the three Benelux countries and the territories of the three countries to which the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (trademarks and designs) applies is considered as one single Contracting Party for the application of Articles 1, 3 to 18 and 31 of the 1999 Act.
The 1999 Act will enter into force, with respect to Luxembourg, at a later date, in accordance with Articles 27 and 28 of the 1999 Act.

Mexico

06-03-2020

– the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act and Rule 12(3) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement (“Common Regulations”), whereby, in connection with any international application in which Mexico is designated, and in connection with the renewal of any international registration resulting from such an international application, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The declaration further specifies that fee reductions apply in certain circumstances and that the individual designation fee comprises two parts, the first part to be paid at the time of filing of the international application and the second part to be paid upon notification by the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) that the industrial design which is the subject of the international registration meets the requirements for protection under the legislation of Mexico. The details of the declaration and the amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice;
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, that the legislation of Mexico does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design;
– the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, that, in accordance with the legislation of Mexico, an international application may only contain one industrial design or a group of industrial designs which are interrelated in such a way as to form a single concept;
– the declaration referred to in Article 16(2) of the 1999 Act, whereby the recording of a change in ownership of an international registration in the International Register shall not have effect in Mexico until IMPI has received the documents supporting that change;
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Mexico in respect of industrial designs is 25 years;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 8(1)(a)(i) of the Common Regulations, specifying that the legislation of Mexico requires an application for the protection of an industrial design to be filed in the name of the creator of the industrial design;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby if Mexico is designated, the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of the effects of an international registration is replaced by a period of 12 months; and
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations, whereby the international registration shall produce the effect referred to in Article 14(2)(a) of the 1999 Act in Mexico from the date of payment of the second part of the individual designation fee within the period established under the legislation of Mexico.

Moldova

19-12-2001

- the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act and Rule 36(1) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act (which will enter into force on April 1, 2004), whereby the Republic of Moldova wants to receive, instead of the prescribed designation fee, an individual designation fee in connection with any international application in which it is designated, and in connection with the renewal of an international registration designating the Republic of Moldova under the 1999 Act.

Monaco

09-03-2011

- the declaration as referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, to the effect that international applications may not be filed through the Office of Monaco;
- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby the law of Monaco does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design. It will therefore not be possible for an applicant to request the deferment of the publication in an international application designating Monaco;
- the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Monaco in respect of industrial designs is 50 years.

Mongolia

14-12-2015

- the declaration under Article 17(3)(c) of the Geneva (1999) Act specifying that the designation of Mongolia under the 1999 Act in international registrations shall enjoy protection for the maximum duration of 15 years from the date of international registration, subject to renewal of the international registration.

Montenegro

21-03-2012

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Montenegro in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.


29-05-2012

- the declaration as referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, whereby international applications may not be filed through the Intellectual Property Office of Montenegro.
This declaration will enter into force on August 29, 2012.

Netherlands, the Kingdom of the

18-09-2018

– the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP);
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design provided for by the legislation of Benelux is 12 months;
– the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Benelux in respect of industrial designs is 25 years; and
– the declaration referred to in Article 19(1) of the 1999 Act, according to which the BOIP is designated as the common Office for the three Benelux countries. The territories of the three countries to which the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (trademarks and designs) applies are considered as one single Contracting Party for the application of Articles 1, 3 to 18 and 31 of the 1999 Act.

North Macedonia

29-05-2012

- the declaration as referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, whereby international applications may not be filed through SOIP.
This declaration will enter into force on August 29, 2012.

Norway

17-03-2010

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where Norway is designated in an international registration is six months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
- the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Norway in respect of industrial designs is 25 years;
- the declaration for the application of level two of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement.

OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organisation)

16-06-2008

- a declaration as referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, to the effect that international applications may not be filed through the Office of OAPI;
- a declaration as referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act, that, in connection with each international application in which OAPI is designated, and in connection with the renewal of any international registration resulting from such an international application, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice;
- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where OAPI is designated in an international registration is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
- the declaration referred to in Article 16(2) of the 1999 Act, whereby any change in ownership of an international registration, recorded in the International Register in respect of OAPI and in respect of any or all of the industrial designs that are the subject of the international registration, shall not have effect with respect to OAPI until the Office of OAPI has received a copy of the deed of change of ownership;
- a declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of OAPI in respect of industrial designs is 15 years;


30-01-2013

With reference to its declaration made in 2008, under Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act of the Hague Agreement, OAPI further indicates that, for international applications filed by applicants whose sole entitlement is a connection with a least developed country (LDC), in accordance with the list established by the United Nations, or with an intergovernmental organization the majority of whose member States are LDCs, the individual fees intended for the designation of OAPI are reduced to 10 per cent of the prescribed amounts (rounded to the nearest full figure).
Through that declaration OAPI further indicates that this reduction also applies in respect of an international application filed by an applicant whose entitlement is not solely a connection with such an intergovernmental organization, provided that any other entitlement of the applicant is a connection with a Contracting Party which is an LDC or, if not an LDC, is a member State of that intergovernmental organization and the international application is governed exclusively by the 1999 Act.
This change will take effect on April 30, 2013.

Oman

12-01-2010

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Oman in respect of industrial designs is 15 years.

Poland

02-04-2009

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby the law of Poland does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design (it will therefore not be possible for an applicant to request the deferment of the publication in an international application designating Poland);
- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the law of Poland in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.

Republic of Korea, the

31-03-2014

- the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act, that, in connection with an international application in which the Republic of Korea is designated, and in connection with the renewal of any international registration resulting from such an international application, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The declaration also specifies that it shall not apply to an international application for products belonging to classes 2, 5, or 19 of the Locarno Classification, and to the renewal of any international registration resulting therefrom. The details of the declaration and the amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice;
- the declaration for the application of level three of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations, which shall apply only to an international application for products belonging to classes 2, 5, or 19 of the Locarno Classification;
- the declaration referred to in Article 16(2) of the 1999 Act, whereby a change in ownership of an international registration, recorded in the International Register in respect of a designation of the Republic of Korea, shall not have effect in the Republic of Korea until the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has received documentation evidencing the agreement of the joint owners, where the international registration concerned is owned by more than one person (co-holders), and only one or some of the co-holders transfer his or her share of the international registration;
- the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of the Republic of Korea in respect of industrial designs is 20 years;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 9(3) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement, specifying that the following specific views are required, respectively:
(i) for a design of a set of articles: one view of the coordinated whole and corresponding views of each of its components, and
(ii) for a design for typefaces: views of the given characters, a sample sentence, and typical characters;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months. The said 12-month refusal period will, however, not apply to an international registration for products belonging to classes 2, 5, or 19 of the Locarno Classification; and,
- the additional declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b), whereby, pursuant to subparagraph (c)(ii) of the said Rule, the international registration will not produce the effect referred to in Article 14(2)(a) of the 1999 Act, if neither a notification of refusal nor a statement of grant of protection was communicated within the prescribed period, due to an unforeseen circumstance, such as a natural disaster. The applicable law provides that, in such a case, the entire period for the procedure will start from the date of a notification of continuation or resumption of the procedure. KIPO will notify the International Bureau of the fact and the new time limit for a decision regarding the grant of protection.

Romania

12-01-2004

- the declarations referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act and Rule 36(1) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act (which will enter into force on April 1, 2004), whereby Romania wants to receive, instead of the prescribed designation fee, an individual designation fee in connection with any international application in which it is designated, and in connection with the renewal of an international registration designating Romania under the 1999 Act.


12-08-2004

- the declaration referred to in Article 5(2)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby an international application designating Romania under the 1999 Act must contain:
(i) indications concerning the identity of the creator of the industrial design, and
(ii) a brief description of the characteristic features of the industrial design;
- the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, whereby designs that are the subject of a multiple international application must conform to "a requirement of unity of design, unity of production or unity of use, or belong to the same set or composition of items";
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act, whereby when Romania is designated under the 1999 Act, the period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months.
These declarations will enter into force on November 12, 2004.

Russian Federation

30-11-2017

- the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act, that, in connection with an international application in which the Russian Federation is designated, and in connection with the renewal of any international registration resulting from such an international application, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The details of the declaration and the amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice;
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, that the law of the Russian Federation does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design;
– the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, whereby, in accordance with the law of the Russian Federation, industrial designs that are the subject of the same international application shall meet the requirement of the unity of a single creative concept;
– the declaration referred to in Article 16(2) of the 1999 Act, whereby the recording of a change in ownership of an international registration in the International Register shall have no effect in the Russian Federation until the Office of the Russian Federation has received the corresponding documents on the transfer of the rights;
– the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection of an industrial design provided for by the law of the Russian Federation is 25 years;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 13(4) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement specifying that the period of one month referred to in paragraph (3) of the said rule for forwarding an international application filed through the Office of the Russian Federation shall be replaced by a period of six months due to security clearance;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of the effects of an international registration is replaced by a period of 12 months; and,
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations, whereby the international registration shall produce the effect referred to in Article 14(2)(a) of the 1999 Act in the Russian Federation from the date when the Office of the Russian Federation notifies the International Bureau of WIPO of the grant of protection, which shall be within six months from the date of expiration of the refusal period.

Samoa

02-10-2019

– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design provided for by the legislation of Samoa is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date; and
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Samoa in respect of industrial designs is 15 years.

San Marino

26-10-2018

– the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through its Office;
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of San Marino in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.

Serbia

01-12-2009

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, and Rule 36(2) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act of the Hague Agreement, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Serbia in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.

Singapore

17-01-2005

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, according to which the law of Singapore does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design (so that it will not be possible for an applicant to request the deferment of the publication in an international application designating Singapore);
- the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, whereby designs that are the subject of the same international application must conform to a requirement of unity of design, unity of production or unity of use, or must belong to the same set or composition of items, or that only one independent and distinct design may be claimed in a single application;
- the declaration referred to in Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum duration of protection provided by the legislation of Singapore for industrial designs is 15 years.


18-01-2016

1. [...] that a new Rule 28A(1) of the Singapore Registered Designs Rules, which came into force on November 13, 2014, allowed deferment of publication of the industrial design for 18 months. [...] that, therefore, the declaration previously made by Singapore under Article 11(1)(b) of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs was no longer applicable as such and instead was modified into a declaration under Article 11(1)(a).
2. As a consequence, international applications designating Singapore may contain a request for deferment of publication, the maximum period of which is 18 months from the filing date.
3. [...] that Singapore withdraws its declaration previously made under Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act.

Spain

23-09-2003

- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the period of six months to notify a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(c) of the Common Regulations, whereby the international registration shall produce its effects, at the latest, six months from the date of expiration of the applicable refusal period.


30-05-2017

- the declaration under Rule 18(1)(c) of the Common Regulations, made by Spain on September 23, 2003, is no longer applicable and shall be considered withdrawn.
The withdrawal took effect on 30-05-2017.

Suriname

10-06-2020

– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design provided for by the legislation of Suriname is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date; and
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act and Rule 36(2) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement
(“Common Regulations”), specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Suriname in respect of industrial designs is 15 years.

Syria

25-07-2008

- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where the Syrian Arab Republic is designated in an international registration is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of the Syrian Arab Republic in respect of industrial designs is 15 years;
- the declaration for the application of level three of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act of the Hague Agreement;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months.
These declarations will enter into force on October 25, 2008.


05-02-2009

- the declaration referred to in Article 5(2)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby, in accordance with the law of the Syrian Arab Republic, an application for the grant of protection to an industrial design shall contain a brief description of the reproduction or of the characteristic features of the industrial design that is the subject of that application. Accordingly, where the Syrian Arab Republic is designated in an international application, the international application shall contain the required description;
- the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, whereby, in accordance with the law of the Syrian Arab Republic, designs that are the subject of the same application shall form a homogeneous unit.
These declarations will enter into force on May 5, 2009.

Tajikistan

31-05-2012

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Tajikistan in respect of industrial designs is 15 years.


22-04-2014

- the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act concerning unity of design, whereby, in accordance with the law of Tajikistan, the application shall relate to one industrial design and may include variants of that industrial design; and
- the declaration for the application of level three of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations.
These declarations will enter into force in respect of Tajikistan on July 22, 2014.

Tunisia

23-01-2013

- the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Tunisia in respect of industrial designs is 15 years; and
- the declaration for the application of level two of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations.
The application of level two of the standard designation fee will take effect on April 23, 2013, with respect to Tunisia.

Turkey

01-10-2004

- the declaration referred to in Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum duration of protection provided for industrial designs by the legislation of Turkey is 25 years;
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, in accordance with which the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months.
- the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations, whereby the international registration shall produce its effects six months from the date of expiration of the 12-month refusal period.

Ukraine

29-04-2004

- the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through its Office;
- the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, according to which the law of Ukraine does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design, so that it will not be possible for an applicant to request the deferment of the publication in an international application designating Ukraine under the 1999 Act.
These declarations will enter into force on July 29, 2004.


30-05-2020

[…] the declarations as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, and Rule 36(2) of the Common Regulations Under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Ukraine in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.

United Kingdom

13-03-2018

– the declaration referred to in Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby international applications may not be filed through its Office;
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is designated in an international registration is 12 months from the filing date;
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in respect of industrial designs is 25 years.

United States of America

23-03-2015

– the declaration referred to in Article 5(2)(a) of the 1999 Act and Rule 11(3) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement, including specific wording of the claim that shall be in formal terms to the ornamental design for the article (specifying name of article) as shown, or as shown and described;
– the declaration referred to in Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act and Rule 12(3) of the Common Regulations, that, in connection with an international application in which the United States of America is designated, the prescribed designation fee shall be replaced by an individual designation fee. The declaration further specifies that the individual designation fee to be paid comprises two parts, the first part to be paid at the time of filing of the international application and the second part to be paid upon its allowance. The details of the declaration and the amount of the individual designation fee will be the subject of a further information notice;
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, that the law of the United States of America does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design;
– the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, that, in accordance with the law of the United States of America, only one independent and distinct design may be claimed in a single application;
– the declaration referred to in Article 16(2) of the 1999 Act, whereby the recording of a change in ownership of an international registration in the International Register shall not have effect in the United States of America until the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has received the required statements or documents;
– the declaration required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection for industrial designs provided for by the law of the United States of America is 15 years from grant;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 8(1) of the Common Regulations relating to the creator and specific contents required under subparagraph (1)(b);
– the declaration referred to in Rule 13(4) of the Common Regulations, notifying that the period of one month referred to in paragraph (3) of the said Rule shall be replaced by a period of six months, in light of the security clearance required by the law of the United States of America;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations, whereby the prescribed period of six months for notifying a refusal of protection is replaced by a period of 12 months.

Vietnam

30-09-2019

– the declaration referred to in Article 5(2)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby an international application designating Viet Nam shall contain a brief description of the characteristic features of the design, pursuant to Article 5(2)(b)(ii);
– the declaration referred to in Article 5(2)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby an international application designating Viet Nam shall contain a claim for protection of the design, pursuant to Article 5(2)(b)(iii), in compliance with the common form: “Application for overall protection for industrial design(s) as shown and described”;
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act, whereby the legislation of Viet Nam does not provide for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design;
– the declaration referred to in Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act, whereby, in accordance with the legislation of Viet Nam, only one independent and distinct design may be claimed in a single international application, except that:
(i) designs that are the subject of the same international application must belong to the same set of composition of items and conform to a requirement of unity of design, unity of use or accompaniment of each other in use, or
(ii) a design may be accompanied by single or multiple options that are variations of that design and which must conform to a requirement of unity of design and be insignificantly different from that design;
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Viet Nam in respect of industrial designs is 15 years;
– the declaration referred to in Rule 9(3) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement, whereby, where the product which constitutes the industrial design is three-dimensional, a perspective view of the industrial design is required; and
– the declaration for the application of level three of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations.

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