Registration of Trademark, Patent, Industrial design and other industrial property rights grant national protection to the applicant. In other words, design protection is only effective in the territories of the country where it is registered. For that reason, if protection of a design is desired to be applied in more than one country, design registration applications must be made separately to offices of the countries where protection is desired. However, in time it is observed that separate applications in each country requires different application procedures and different languages, and systems providing design protection in more than one country by means of one application have been established. For this purpose, the following agreements and conventions were put into effect: Madrid Protocol concerning international registration of trademarks effective as of January 1, 1999, Hague Treaty concerning international registration of industrial designs effective as of January 1, 2005, Patent Cooperation Agreement concerning international registration of patents effective as of January 1, 1996 and European Patent Convention effective as of November 1, 2000.
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