The Hague Agreement on Industrial Design Registration in Vietnam provides a simple method for Vietnamese individuals, organizations and enterprises to register industrial designs in many countries around the world.
Industrial design is a type of intellectual property that is gradually being interested and paid attention by many Vietnamese enterprises, especially in manufacturing and exporting enterprises of products with unique external shapes. Therefore, the simple and convenient method of industrial design registration becomes a factor of interest to many parties.
The common method of industrial design registration in Vietnam can be useful, and ‘sufficient’ for an industrial design application in Vietnam. However, if they want to register internationally, this method is no longer effective.
If such a direct registration method is applied to international markets, the applicant will have to spend a lot of time and travel expenses to register at the National Office of Intellectual Property of those countries. Adding to the language disagreement is conflict over the registration process and procedures as well as the state costs required to file. These factors make the establishment and management of protected rights very complicated.
The Hague Agreement on International Registration of Industrial Designs, signed in 1925 and effective since 1928, is an international treaty administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that provides a means of simple and economical industrial design international registration to solve the above difficulties.
With the Hague Agreement, IP holders do not need to file separate national applications, but only need to submit a single application to a single body (WIPO International Bureau) which designates countries that the applicant wishes to expand the protection scope.
The Hague system allows an applicant to apply for the protection of their industrial design with a single application to a single agency, using a single language, and a single currency.
With a single application, the industrial design owner can renew the unified international registration at a time with a unified procedure.
Outside of Vietnam, applicants can apply to designate approximately 66 countries around the world as members of the Hague Agreement. Applications can be submitted in English, French or Spanish with a wide selection.
In addition to the basic fee, the general publication fee, the applicant will not have to pay any other fees. Translation, notarization and other costs are also minimized.
It is the above-mentioned benefits of the Hague system that are the main impetus for Vietnam to submit its Instrument of Accession to the Hague Agreement (Geneva Document 1999).
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