The Russian Federation signed the Geneva Act on July 6, 1999, but did not ratify it until March 29, 2017, when the Russian Federation Council approved the Law on Ratification of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement.
The Hague Agreement
The Hague Agreement is designed to facilitate the protection of industrial designs in multiple countries or regions by allowing applicants to file a single application in a single language (English, French or Spanish). The Hague Agreement was first adopted in 1925, as amended by the Geneva Act of July 2, 1999 . More than 50 states and intergovernmental organizations are members of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement, including the European Union, the African Intellectual Property Organisation, the United States, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
The Russian Federation
The Russian Federation signed the Geneva Act on July 6, 1999 but did not ratify it until March 29, 2017, when the Russian Federation Council approved the Law on Ratification of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement. The law was signed by the Russian President on April 3 and will be effective October 1, 2017 .
Russia requires substantive examination, and may refuse protection for industrial designs within 12 months from the date of publication of the international registration. The period of industrial design protection is 25 year, with the possibility of renewing every five-year.
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