Patent attorney, European patent attorney and European trademark and design attorney Manuel Soria Parra during his online lecture on the Hague Design Agreement
Patent attorney, European patent attorney and European trademark and design attorney Manuel Soria Parra during his online lecture on the Hague Design Agreement
Kazakhstan

On 17 September 2020, IRZ, together with the Ministry of Justice for the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Intellectual Property Organization, organised an online seminar on the Hague agreement for the international registration of industrial designs and models. Around 85 representatives from the following institutions took part in the conference:

  • Ministry of Justice for the Republic of Kazakhstan,
  • Regional Ministries of Justice in the Republic of Kazakhstan,
  • National Institute of Intellectual Property,
  • “Atameken”, the national representation of businesses in Kazakhstan and
  • Patent attorneys in Kazakhstan.

The Hague Design Agreement is a system allowing the international registration of industrial designs and models, which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. The agreement, which covers the Hague Act of 1960 and the Geneva Act of 1999 with each of their different legal provisions, provides protection for owners of industrial designs or models through international registration with the WIPO.

Representing IRZ as an expert, Manuel Soria Parra gave a lecture on “Protecting Designs in Germany and Europe”. Manuel Soria Parra is a patent attorney, European patent attorney and a European trademark and design attorney at the firm Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB. His lecture included a comparison between the protection of registered Community designs with those that have not been registered, outlining the main differences between them.

Since Kazakhstan is currently working on draft legislation covering the protection of unregistered designs and models, the participants from the Ministry of Justice for Kazakhstan found the expertise provided by Manuel Soria Parra particularly interesting and useful.

IRZ will be happy to continue supporting discussions between German experts and the Ministry of Justice for Kazakhstan on this and other similar topics in future.