An application can be filed in English, French or Spanish at the applicant`s choice. The application contains one or more views of the designs concerned and may contain up to 100 different designs, provided that all designs belong to the same class of the international classification of industrial designs (Locarno classification). The amendments also codified the common law novelty review by requiring, as a precondition for the registration of the design, that the registered design or a non-substantially different design has not been applied to a finished article and that it be made public more than twelve months before the priority date of the application. Any contracting party designated by the applicant may refuse protection within six months or possibly 12 months under the 1999 Act from the date of publication of the international registration. The denial of protection can only be based on other requirements of domestic law than the formalities and administrative acts that must be completed by the contracting party`s body that refuses protection under national law. Video – Protecting your business models with the WiPO system in The Hague The Hague Agreement is a system that allows design owners from certain countries to centrally apply for designs for a number of states and/or intergovernmental organisations (particularly the European Union Intellectual Property Office (formerly known as OHMI) instead of having to submit separate applications for each state and/or intergovernmental organization. When it is determined that the application complies with the requirements of the Hague system, the design is registered and published and the application file is forwarded to the regional industrial planning offices of the countries identified by the applicant. These regional offices conduct a substantive legal review that determines whether the industrial design complies with local legal protection requirements. The International Bureau does not conduct such a background check. The audit of content by the regional offices must be completed within only six months and, in some cases, the regional office has 12 months to carry out a review.
It is interesting to note that if the regional offices do not reject the application within the applicable time frame, the application is considered admissible and protected in this legal system. Offices may also provide explicit protection to the project before the deadline expires.