On April 3 2017 President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. It has taken Russia 18 years to adopt the international agreement, which was concluded at a diplomatic conference in Geneva in 1999. Russia signed the final act at the conference, but since then has not completed the domestic procedures necessary to adopt it as an international agreement of the Russian Federation. Now, the agreement has finally been ratified and – after complying with certain formalities (eg, delivering the ratification instrument to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) International Bureau – Russia will become a party to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. The law on ratification will enter into force on October 1 2017. After this date, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia will notify WIPO of the ratification and within three months the Russian Federation may be designated in international applications for registrations of industrial designs. This can be expected no sooner than January 1 2018.

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