Some administrative reform is specifically aimed at removing ambiguities in essential legal matters and promoting easy access. This reform includes clarifying the information included in the industrial performance register – i.e. the date of registration, the date of the application, the information relating to each priority request, the registration number and the name and address of the registered holder. The information below provides an overview of Vietnam`s implementation of the agreement and is based on the country`s membership instrument and its statements, as well as information exchanged at a recent workshop organized by the Vietnam Intellectual Property Office and during discussions with officials of the Patent Office. The agreement was reached in the Dutch city of The Hague. Further improvements will follow in 2019 and will include a new electronic submission function for changes and an electronic correspondence platform between CIPO and its customers. A declaration may be considered a notification of withdrawal of the refusal if such a notification has been submitted in accordance with Rule 18bis (2). In addition, regulations no longer require applicants to submit a complete title, description and mailing address, as well as their application, to ensure a filing date. On the contrary, the Hague system simply requires the applicant to make it clear that the registration of a commercial design is required, that there is sufficient material to identify the applicant, that there is sufficient contact information for a processing office to contact the customer and that there is a presentation of the design. To join the Hague Agreement, substantial changes have been made to Canada`s industrial design regime. The Industrial Design Act (the Act) was amended in 2014 and the new industrial design regulations were finalized in 2018 in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has also significantly revised the Industrial Design Practices Manual (IDOP) and improved electronic services for customers. An applicant who is not eligible for any of these headings cannot apply the Hague system. The contracting parties include not only isolated countries, but also intergovernmental organizations such as the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) and the European Union. This means that an applicant residing in an EU Member State that is not a contracting party, such as Austria or the United Kingdom, can nevertheless use the Hague system on the basis of their domicile in the European Union.