The Hague Agreement is an international registration system which offers the possibility of obtaining protection for industrial designs in a number of States and/or intergovernmental organizations (both referred to as “Contracting Parties”) by means of a single international application filed with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Thus, under the Hague Agreement, a single international application replaces a whole series of applications which, otherwise, should have been effected with different national (or regional) Offices.
The Hague Agreement is constituted by three international treaties:
The Geneva Act of July 2, 1999 (the “1999 Act”);
The Hague Act of November 28, 1960 (the “1960 Act”);
The London Act of June 2, 1934 (the “1934 Act”).
The possibility of filing an international application under the Hague Agreement is not open to everyone. To be entitled to file such an application, an applicant must satisfy one, at least, of the following conditions:
(a) Be a national of a Contracting Party or a member State of an intergovernmental organization which is a Contracting Party, such as the European Union or the African Intellectual Property Organization, or
(b) Have a domicile in the territory of a Contracting Party, or
(c) Have a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in the territory of a Contracting Party.