The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) has taken another step towards helping to simplify the registration of designs in some countries outside the EU.
OHIM has recently issued a press release regarding its progress on implemented the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs.
Two draft Commission Regulations are currently being drawn up by the relevant committee formed for this purpose with a view to making the necessary changes to the registered Community Design regime.
The Commission aimed to have these regulations endorsed by the end of this month with a view to formally adopting them by the end of August 2007. Following this it currently aims to have deposited the instrument of accession with the World Intellectual Property Office (the body which governs the Agreement) by the end of October 2007 with this coming into force in January 2008.
Acceding to this Act will allow owners of Registered Community Designs to extend protection for their designs to countries which have signed up to this Act. These include the following:
Albania Armenia Belize Benin Botswana Cote dÂIvoire Croatia Democratic PeopleÂs Republic of Korea Egypt Gabon Georgia Iceland Indonesia Kyrgyzstan Liechtenstein Mali Moldova Monaco Mongolia Namibia Niger Senegal Serbia Singapore Suriname Switzerland Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Tunisia Turkey Ukraine