The Russian Federation joins the Hague registered design system

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The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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On November 30, 2017 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) received a certificate of ratification by the Russian Federation in respect of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement on the International Registration of Industrial Designs.

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As of February 28, 2018, the Russian Federation will be part of the international registered design system under the Hague agreement.

The international registered design system enables applicants to obtain protection of industrial designs in 82 countries by filing one international application in a single language, and by paying a single set of official fees.

International registered design applications designate one or more territories as selected by the applicant. Multiple designs can be included in a single design registration, which makes the international registered design system highly cost-effective compared to the alternative of individual national design registrations at the national intellectual property office of each individual state.

UK companies and foreign companies or designers will have the opportunity to file new industrial designs in the Russian Federation without the use of Russian patent attorneys.

The Hague system simplifies the procedure for filing new industrial designs in Russian Federation and reduces the work required from the applicant.

For more information about designs, please visit the designs section of our website. Or please contact us to discuss any queries relating to any aspect of intellectual property. 

Article Published December 12, 2017