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International Designs under the London Act to be no more?

Written by Paul Bicknell on 01 October 2009

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On the 24 September 2009 the Member states appeared to make a concerted effort towards the simplification of the international design registration procedure. There are three Acts that seek to regulate the system of international registered designs these are:

The London Act 1934;

The Hague Act 1960; and

The Geneva Act 1999.

The Member states agreed to freeze the London Act with effect from 1 January 2010. The World Intellectual Property Office stated:

"This decision will reduce the complexity of the system and will focus greater attention on the 1999 Geneva Act which enhances the existing system by making it more compatible with registration systems in countries where protection of industrial designs is contingent on examination to determine the acceptability of an application. The Geneva Act also introduces a modified fee system, the possibility of deferring publication of a design for up to 30 months and the ability to file samples of the design rather than photographs or other graphic reproductions. The latter features are of particular interest to the textile and fashion industries."

<http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2009/article_0041.html>

The effect of this move by the member states is that records for new designations under the London Act for designs to be placed on the international register will stop.

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