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Since 2004, Danish designers have been able to obtain design protection in the UK through application and registration of an EU design. However, when the UK secedes the EU, this arrangement will no longer be an opportunity.
Nevertheless, on 13 March 2018, the UK has ratified the Hague Agreement, which is great news for Danish as well as British designers. In practice, the ratification means that from 13 June 2018 and onwards, the British are still able to make use of the international design system in order to register their design rights. However, it also means that Danish designers are able to protect their designs in the UK by means of the Hague Agreement.
The Hague Agreement is an international registration system with more than 80 countries registered as members, and the number keeps increasing. The system makes it possible to protect a design in all member countries, with just one application. In February, Russia joined the system and Mexico, Israel, and Canada are expected to join during 2018.
If you are interested in exploring how the system might be beneficial to you, you are always welcome to contact us.