With effect from 13th June 2018, the UK will become a member state of the Hague Agreement for industrial designs, which gives applicants the opportunity to register designs in up to 82 countries through a single international application and a single set of fees.  From that date, users will be able to designate the UK when filing international applications under the Agreement.  Since 2008, UK businesses have had to access the Hague Agreement through the EU’s membership, but after Brexit, this would no longer have been the case.  Now, by virtue of the UK’s ratification, businesses in the UK both pre and post-Brexit will be able to file international design applications online at the International Bureau of WIPO designating both the UK and the EU, without the need for separate representation.


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