GENEVA ACT OF THE HAGUE AGREEMENT
GENEVA ACT (1999) OF THE HAGUE AGREEMENT
CONCERNING THE INTERNATIONAL
REGISTRATION OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS
HOW UNITED STATES COMPANIES CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE GENEVA ACT OF THE HAGUE AGREEMENT RATIFICATION PROCESS
Companies that are interested in using the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement will have a major influence on how fast the Geneva Act is implemented now that it has a pending bill to amend the patent law.
The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will be the guiding hand on the intellectual property law and procedural aspects of the Geneva Act in presenting bill to congress. The PTO needs to know which companies are inA) support of the treaty. Companies and supportive organizations should contact the PTO, Office of the Director General, Washington, D. C. At some point there will be hearings in the Senate on the treaty, and in both Houses of Congress on related legislation. The PTO needs to know who will be willing to testify at these hearings. A company's real world experiences with design piracy and foreign protection of industrial designs are key inputs for Congress.
The letter of transmittal from President Bush recommending ratification
of this treaty (SEE BUSH LETTER) contained
many examples of why the treaty will be a positive influence on the U.
S. ecomony. In addition, this letter answers questions that may be
asked about why the U. S. made the declaration that were accepted by the
Senate.as a part of U. S. membership in the Hague Agreement.
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