As of 18 December 2018, the Netherlands joins the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement for the international registration of the designs, bringing the number of Contracting Parties to 58.
Since Belgium and Luxembourg are already members of the 1999 Act, with the participation of the Netherlands, these three countries are deemed to be a single Contracting Party (Benelux) for international design applications filed under this Act.
After taking effect, the applicants may enjoy more flexibility in their filing strategies as they will have the choice between designating “Benelux” or designating the European Union as a whole, in case they seek design protection for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Instead of filing separate individual applications, the Hague System allows applicants to file a single design application in nearly 70 countries (under different Acts) by paying one set of fees, and all in one language.
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Source: IPR Helpdesk News
Benelux becomes a member of the 1999 Act of the Hague System