Thursday, 29 August 2013

Senegal to leave London Act but supports more current international design protection

The World Intellectual Property Organization's media release The Hague Notification No. 117: Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs; London Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs: Acceptance of termination by the Republic of Senegal reports that
"The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify that the Government of the Republic of Senegal deposited, on August 21, 2013, an instrument of acceptance of the termination of the London Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs of November 6, 1925, as revised at London on June 2, 1934.
A separate notification will be made on the coming into effect of the termination when the required number of acceptances is reached".
This is not a diminution of Senegal's commitment to international design protection, though: the Republic acceded to the very much more current Hague Act, Geneva Protocol and Complementary Act of Stockholm as long ago as 1984.

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