The Hague System (The Hague Agreement)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Industrial Design at the site of the signing of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration April 11, 2004 Turkey became a party and began to receive international applications as of 01.01.2005. The Hague System is an international registration system that allows industrial design protection in 46 Contracting States with a single application to the International Office (WIPO).
What are the advantages of industrial design registration applications filed through the Hague System?
- To be able to apply for industrial design registration in more than one country with a single application,
- To be able to apply in one language,
- To make changes with a single fee and transaction,
- To be able to apply to other countries which are parties to the agreement after registration,
- To be able to save costs by rapid registration in national system.
The Community Desisign which enables a trademark to be valid for all European Union countries with a single application, entered into force on 02.04.1996. With the design registration application made through this system, protection can be provided in 28 European Union countries.
EUTM Community Trademark
The registration of the EUTM Community trademark (European Union Countries) entered into force on 02-04-1996. Applications via EUTM are filed to OHIM (Community Brand and Design Office) in Alicante, Spain or to the brand offices of the member states of the European Union. The
examination is made by OHIM. A single application through EUIPO may apply for registration in 28 European countries. In case of legal violations related to the trademark after registration, no separate case is opened in each country. The decision of the courts of the member states is valid in all European Union countries. The application is valid in all 28 countries, there is no chance to choose a country. The biggest disadvantage of applying for a trademark through CTM is that the application is rejected in all countries in case of a refusal decision from any of the 28 countries applied for.
The total cost of applying for the CTM Community Brand is approximately $ 15,000.
Member States of the European Union
Austria, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Cyprus, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Greece.
For applications to be made on a country-by-country basis, the trademark is not required to be registered in its own country. The registration process and the cost of the applications are determined according to the conditions of each country.