On 13 June 2018 the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (a mouthful) came in to effect in the UK.
What this means is that it is now possible to designate the UK as a jurisdiction under the Hague system of design registration. The Hague system is a mechanism for registering designs across several jurisdictions by way of a single application filed in one language with one set of fees. It is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation ("WIPO").
Most EU countries are already signatories, along with a host of others including the USA and Japan but not India, China or Brazil. The UK's accession to the Hague system will not affect UK rights holders that already have a domestic registration.
The question remains whether the number of new UKIPO design registrations will dip now that it is possible for a domestic rights holder seeking international protection to make a single combined application to the WIPO to cover the UK and other territories, rather than making a separate UK application.
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