The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs first came into existence in 1925. The Agreement aims at providing a mechanism for securing protection of an industrial design in all the member countries by means of an international deposit.
The international deposit could be in the form of the industrial product or drawing or photograph or any other graphic representation of the said design.
The duration of protection was 15 years from the date of deposit; this term is divided in two periods namely, one period of five years and the other of ten years.
Register of Designs – The Register of Designs is a document maintained by the Patent Office, Kolkata as a statutory requirement.
It contains the design number, date of filing and reciprocity date (if any), name and address of proprietor and such other matters as would affect the validity of proprietorship of the design and it is open for public inspection on payment of prescribed fee and extract from register may also be obtained on request with the prescribed fee.
Duration of the registration of a design – The term of a registered design is 15 years. Initially the right is granted for a period of 10 years, which can be extended, by another 5 years by making an application and paying a fee of Rs. 2000/- to the Controller before the expiry of initial 10 years period.
The proprietor of design may make application for such extension as soon as the design is registered.