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A/33/2

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Program 15

Hague System for the International Deposit of Industrial Designs

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Background

The total number of deposits and renewals or prolongations under the Hague system increased significantly in 1996 (4 percent) and 1997 (over 6 percent).

In 1997, the Assembly of the Hague Union agreed to replace the current paper publication of reproductions of international industrial designs by a CDROM publication to achieve significant savings on publication costs.

Objectives

Provide the services entrusted to the International Bureau under the Hague Agreement.

Increase awareness and knowledge of the use and benefits of the Hague system and simplify and encourage participation among creators of industrial designs and the design industry, industrial property agents, governments and intergovernmental organizations.

Sub-program 15.1

Management and Operation of the Hague System

Main Activities

Processed applications for international deposit and renewal and related actions, which comprise receipt of applications and examination as to formal requirements;  registration of the deposits;  recordal of renewals of deposit, changes in the deposits, and any refusals by member countries;  required communications and notifications to the applicants or owners of international deposits.

Published and mailed the bilingual periodical WIPO International Designs Bulletin every month.

Results

The following table provides statistical information on the actual deposit activity under the Hague system in the period from January 1 to May 31, 1998, compared with the first five months of 1997 and to 5/12th of the estimate for 1998 as given in document A/32/2.

Deposit activity

1997

(Jan. to May)

1998

(Jan. to May)

1998

(5/12th)

Actual

Actual

Projected

Total:  Registrations and renewals

2,647

2,787

2,708

International registrations

1,725

1,697

1,750

Renewals

922

1,090

958

Total number of designs contained in the

 deposits

7,557

8,787

8,916

Changes to the Register

938

1,080

812

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