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The First International Registration of Industrial Designs Owned by a Japanese Company since the Hague Agreement concerning Designs Entered into Force was Internationally Published.

After the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement entered into force on May 13, 2015, the first international design application by a Japanese company was internationally registered, and it was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

1. Background

The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (hereinafter referred to as the “Hague Agreement”) enables applicants to simultaneously file an application with multiple contracting countries and organizations by filing a single international application with WIPO, so that they can simplify their registration procedures for industrial designs and reduce their costs for such procedures.
In Japan, the Hague Agreement entered into force on May 13, 2015, enabling Japanese companies to file international design applications under the Hague Agreement.
(WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva, Switzerland))

2. Outline of the first internationally registered design

After the entry into force of the Hague Agreement, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. filed an international design application on May 13, 2015, the same date as the entry into force of the Hague Agreement, claiming priority based on design application number 2015-004105 filed in Japan on February 27, 2015. The application was internationally registered as the first international registration of industrial designs owned by a Japanese company on May 13, 2015, and it was internationally published on November 13, 2015.

International registration number: DM/086527
Date of international filing and registration: May 13, 2015
Date of international publication: November 13, 2015
Name of product: Head-mounted display
Name of holder: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Designated contracting parties: Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market
(Trademarks and Designs), African Intellectual Property Organization, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Singapore, and Turkey


Figure: A perspective view of the internationally registered design


Image: The actual product, “PlayStation® VR”
(Photograph by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)

3. Future schedule

As part of its promotion of the dissemination and utilization of the International Design Registration System, from January 2016, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) will hold explanatory meetings on specific methods for procedures pertaining to and the utilization of the system based on the Hague Agreement in major cities around Japan.

Release date

November 27, 2015

Division in charge

Design Division, Patent and Design Examination Department (Physics, Optics, Social Infrastructure and Design), JPO

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