Russian Federation Joins the Hague System

November 30, 2017

On November 30, 2017, the Government of the Russian Federation deposited its instrument of ratification of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement with WIPO’s Director General. This makes the Russian Federation the 53rd member of the 1999 Act and 67th member of the Hague Union.  The 1999 Act will enter into force in the Russian Federation on February 28, 2018.

As of February 28, 2018, companies and designers from the Russian Federation can begin using the Hague System to protect their industrial designs in the Contracting Parties to the 1999 Act of the Hague Agreement. That translates to protection in the territories of up to 82 countries through a single international application and a single set of fees.

Conversely, foreign companies and designers can, from February 28, 2018, seek design protection through the Hague System in the Russian Federation.

Mr. Alexandr Alimov (left) deposits the instrument of ratification with WIPO’s Director General (Photo: WIPO)

Legal details

The instrument of ratification, deposited by Mr. Alexandr Alimov, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, includes the following declarations under the 1999 Act and the Common Regulations :

  • Article 7(2) (individual designation fee), 
  • Article 11(1)(b) (no deferment of publication),
  • Article 12(2) and Rule 18(1)(b) of the Common Regulations (extension of the refusal period to 12 months), 
  • Article 13(1) (unity of design),
  • Article 14(2)(a) and Rule 18(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations (effect as grant of protection),
  • Article 16(2) (transfer documents),
  • Article 17(3)(c) (duration of protection) and
  • Rule 13(4) of the Common Regulations (security clearance).

About the Hague System

The Hague System offers a cost-effective, efficient means of registering industrial designs. A single application allows you to register up to 100 industrial designs in 67 countries and intergovernmental organizations. By using Hague, you do away with the need to file applications in each individual country/region.

One application, one set of fees, and all in one language – industrial design registration made easy!