Should Israel Join the Hague System for the Registration of International Designs?

Hague

As part of it’s preparations for bringing a new Israel Design Law to the Knesset for debate, the Israel Ministry of Justice has called for position papers regarding Israel joining the Hague System for the Registration of International Designs.

The Call for Papers may be found here. A description of the Hague System for the Registration of International Designs may be found here. A list of the 61 member states may be found here.

COMMENT

I suspect that any practitioners handling significant incoming design registration work will be against this. Innovative Israeli industrialists may see the possibility of cost effective, wide registration their designs as attractive. The increased possibility of being sued for infringing designs from abroad  is no doubt a consideration of importance to manufacturers and importers of copycat products. I don’t have strong interests or feelings one way or the other. I suspect that in general, Israel should join international conventions, treaties and mechanism, with the exception of acknowledging the authority of the International Criminal Court in Hague, which would be bad move.

I suspect that the response to the Call for Papers will be limited, but I applaud the attempt.

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