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CHINA JOINES THE HAGUE SYSTEM

China has joined the Hague System bringing the total number of countries covered to 94. With China’s accession, the Hague System will now cover nine out of ten of the world’s top economic markets according to World Bank rankings. The 1999 Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement will enter into force in China on May 5, 2022 and from May 5 2022 companies and designers in the signatory countries, will be able to provide international design protection in China, making it easier to enter one of the world’s largest and most dynamic markets. In this case, companies and designers in China will also be able to quickly and easily seek international protection of their designs in as many of the 94 countries covered by the Hague System and they will be able to expand into international markets.