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Belarus has joined the Geneva Act on the legal protection of industrial designs

Belarus has joined the Geneva Act on the legal protection of industrial designs

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Belarus has joined the Geneva Act on the legal protection of industrial designs

Belarus has signed the Law «on Accession to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement on the International Registration of Industrial Designs». The Geneva Act ensures the functioning of the international system of registration and legal protection of industrial designs (appearance (design) of products).

Currently, 65 states are parties to the Geneva Act, including the Russian Federation, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Kyrgyz Republic and others. The application of the Geneva Act will make it possible to simplify the procedures for obtaining legal protection of industrial designs by Belarusian applicants and maintaining patents for them in force simultaneously on the territory of all states parties to the Geneva Act («the one window principle»).

To obtain a patent for an industrial design in any State party to the Geneva Act, it will be necessary to draw up one international application in one language and send it to one office (International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization) with minimal costs (one set of fees in one currency). Using the advantages provided by the Geneva Act will also reduce the costs of Belarusian applicants for obtaining legal protection for their industrial design simultaneously on the territory of several states parties to this Act.