INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION

Basic Facts

General Remarks

International registration of design is recorded under the provisions of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs of November 28, 1960 and the Genava Act of July 2, 1999.

Natural persons who are nationals of Republic of Serbia or who have their domicile in its territory, and legal entities which have a registered address or a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in the territory of Republic of Serbia, desirous of protecting their design abroad, are obliged to first file an application in the country.

The Hague Agreement is an international registration system which offers the possibility of obtaing 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 CONTRACTING PARTIES ARE:
African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)

Albania

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Belize

Benelux

Benin

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brunei

Bulgaria

Cote d Ivoire

Croatia

Democratic People`s Republic of Korea

Denmark

Egypt

Estonia

European Union

Finland

France

Gabon

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece
Hungary

Iceland

Italy

Japan

Kyrgyzstan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Mali

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Namibia

Niger

Norway

Oman



Poland

Republic of Korea

Republic of Moldova

Romania

Rwanda

Sao Tome and Prencipe

Senegal

Serbia

Singapore

Slovenia

Spain

Suriname

Switzerland

Syrian Arab Republic

Tajikistan

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Ukraine
United States of America


International registrations are effected for an initial period of five years. they may be renewed for an additional period of five years, in respect of each designated Contracing Party, up to the total expiry of the total term of protection allowed by those Contracting Parties respective laws.