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Guide to the International Registration of Industrial Designs

The Guide to the international registration of industrial designs is a tool for users of the Hague system. It is divided into three parts:

Part A

A brief general introduction to the Hague system. It also includes explanations as to how a state or an intergovernmental organization may become a contracting party to the Hague Agreement and provides an outline of the various declarations and notifications that may be made under the Hague system.

Part B

International procedures, that is to say, the international registration procedure and other procedures required for the recording of events which may affect an international registration (such as changes in ownership, refusals of protection, etc.).

Part C

The full texts of the 1999 Act, the 1960 Act and the 1934 Act and the Common Regulations and the Administrative Instructions.

The Guide

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Part A

  • Introduction pdf

Part B: The International Procedure

  • Chapter I: General pdf
  • Chapter II: The International Procedure pdf
  • Chapter III: The 1934 Act and the Freezing of its Application pdf

Part C: Annexes

Where appropriate, the provisions of the 1999 and 1960 Acts and the Common Regulations and the Administrative Instructions that are relevant to a particular paragraph of the Guide are cited in the margin in the following manner:

  • “99 Article xx” refers to an Article of the 1999 Act;
  • “60 Article xx” refers to an Article of the 1960 Act;
  • “Rule xx” refers to a Rule of the Common Regulations;
  • “A.I. Section xx” refers to a Section of the Administrative Instructions.

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