...to tell the Commission what you think about the European Commission's proposal to link Community registered designs to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement (if you need an explanation of this, take a look at the WIPO link below). The idea of making the link is to bring down the administrative costs involved in securing international design protection. You can make your views felt by completing the Commission's electronic survey by not later than this Friday, 30 April.
In a message to its members, European trade mark owners' organisation MARQUES says: "As a brand owners organisation, MARQUES favours simple and cost effective registration systems. You will recall that MARQUES supported the accession of the EU to the Madrid Protocol, and we would be in favour of this link too. It will again increase the flexibility of the registration systems offering protection for IP rights. With a link between the two systems in place, it would not be unrealistic to hope that more countries will join the international registration system and thus making it truly useful".
The IPKat wonders who will object -- and why.
Why WIPO says "vote yes to Hague"
Wednesday, 28 April 2004
Posted by Jeremy and Ilanah at 9:27:00 a.m.