The Hague Notification No. 13
Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs

Entry Into Force of the Protocol of Geneva (1975)

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify him that the Protocol of Geneva of August 25, 1975, to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs of November 6, 1925, will enter into force on

April 1, 1979,

that is, one month after the deposit of the required number of instruments of ratification or accession.

In this connection, it is recalled that instruments of ratification or accession in respect of the Protocol of Geneva (1975) were deposited:

- on November 16, 1976, by the Republic of Suriname,
- on February 22, 1979, by the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Kingdom of the Netherlands,
- on March 1, 1979, by the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

As at least two States bound by the Act of the Hague Agreement revised at London on June 2, 1934 (that is, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Republic of Suriname and the Swiss Confederation) and at least two States not bound by the said Act (that is, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Kingdom of the Netherlands) have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession in respect of the Protocol of Geneva (1975), and since the Act of the Hague Agreement revised at The Hague on November 28, 1960, has not yet entered into force, the conditions set forth in Articles 9(1) and 11(1) of the said Protocol for its entry into force have been fulfilled.

Consequently, in accordance with the provisions of Article 9(1) of the Protocol of Geneva (1975) to the Hague Agreement of 1925, the said Protocol will enter into force on April 1, 1979, with respect to the six States referred to above.

March 8, 1979