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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: November 13, 2006

Message to the Senate Transmitting the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs,
November 13, 2006

To the Senate of the United States:

With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (the "Agreement"), adopted in Geneva on July 2, 1999, and signed by the United States on July 6, 1999. I also transmit, for the information of the Senate, a report of the Department of State with respect to the Agreement.

This Agreement promotes the ability of U.S. design owners to protect their industrial designs by allowing them to obtain multinational design protection through a single deposit procedure. Under the Agreement, U.S. design owners would be able to file for design registration in any number of the Contracting Parties with a single standardized application in English at either the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or at the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Similarly, renewal of a design registration in each Contracting Party may be made by filing a single request along with payment of the appropriate fees at the International Bureau of WIPO. This Agreement should make access to international protection of industrial designs more readily available to U.S. businesses.

In the event that the Senate provides its consent to ratify the Agreement, the United States would not deposit its instrument of ratification until the necessary implementing legal structure has been established domestically.

I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to this Agreement and give its advice and consent to its ratification, subject to the declarations described in the accompanying report of the Department of State.

George W. Bush
The White House,
November 13, 2006.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, November 13, 2006," Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2006 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 17, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2051 Original Sources, accessed September 21, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PCU35DMGLVA5HJH.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, November 13, 2006." Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2006, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 17, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2051, Original Sources. 21 Sep. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PCU35DMGLVA5HJH.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Message to the Senate Transmitting the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, November 13, 2006' in Week Ending Friday, October 17, 2006. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 17, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2051. Original Sources, retrieved 21 September 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PCU35DMGLVA5HJH.