DATE: December 15, 1998
WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION
FOR THE ADOPTION OF A NEW ACT OF THE HAGUE
AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE INTERNATIONAL DEPOSIT
OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS
Geneva, June 16 to July 6, 1999
1. The present document contains a draft of a new Act of the Hague Agreement for the International Deposit of Industrial Designs. Together with document H/DC/4, which contains a draft of Regulations under the new Act, it constitutes the basic proposal mentioned in Rule 29(1)(a) of the draft Rules of Procedure of the Diplomatic Conference. Notes on the provisions of the draft new Act and Regulations are contained in documents H/DC/5 and 6.
2. The draft new Act is the result of seven sessions of the Committee of Experts on the Development of the Hague Agreement, held respectively in April 1991, April 1992, April 1993, January/February 1994, June 1995, November 1996 and November 1997. The draft Regulations were considered for the first time at the seventh session, although certain of the Rules had been submitted to the sixth session. Following the seventh session, the International Bureau prepared further drafts of the new Act and the Regulations in the light of the comments of that session; in particular, several provisions were transferred from the Act to the Regulations. These drafts were circulated to those who had participated in the seventh session; the present documents take account of comments received.
3. The question of the right to vote in the Assembly, which was reserved in previous drafts of the new Act, is still reserved in the present document (see Article 24). A further document regarding that particular issue (containing possibly one or several alternative draft provisions) will be distributed early in 1999.
[Draft New Act follows]