Russia has ratified the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

10.5.2017

President Vladimir Putin signed on 3 April 2017 the Federal Law on ratification of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, accepted by the State Duma and the Federation Council. The law will come into force within 180 days from its publication. The publication date was 4 April 2017.

At the moment we are not able to say when international design registration applications designating Russia can be filed for the first time. This depends on when Russia will deposit the instrument of accession to the WIPO. The accession will be effective after three months from it.

The Hague System is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The applicant can obtain several national design registrations/design patents in the countries which are members of the Hague System by filing a single application through the WIPO.

At the moment more than 60 states and intergovernmental organizations are members of the Hague System, e.g. the European Union, the United States of America, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway and the African Intellectual Property Organization.

For further information, please contact Mrs Irmeli Nokkanen, European Design Attorney.

News

Is your brand protected – also in Russia?

Why is it so important to protect your brand also in Russia? Our Russia IP specialist Riikka Palmos explains in her blog why and provides you with a checklist that helps to do safely business in Russia.

I got a cease and desist letter – what should I do?

Did you receive a cease and desist letter? Our IP expert Matti Brax advises in his blog what you should do first.

Papula-Nevinpat in WIPR: A new system to rival Madrid?

You may have heard rumours about a new trademark protection system created in Eurasia. Read about the upcoming new system, what does it mean and who will benefit.

A patent portfolio increases your company’s value and spurs global success – Case Virta

When going international Virta became aware of how crucial intellectual property is - patented technology increases the company’s value and brings benefits to the whole industry.