On May 5, the day that the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs took effect in China, three local enterprises filed applications for international design patents — Dongfeng Motor Group, Dongfeng Trucks, and Voyah Automobile.
They were among more than 30 leading Chinese enterprises, such as Xiaomi, JD, TCL, Huawei, and Alibaba that used the agreement to apply for international design patents on that day.
Dongfeng Motor Group applied for a design patent for its Aeolus Haoji, a new SUV which just made its debut in China last month. Dongfeng Trucks made an application related to its door mirror assembly. Voyah Automobile applied for two design patents for its second car model Voyah Dreamer, an electric MPV which was officially launched in China on May 7 and is planned to be exported to European countries such as Norway.
The Hague Agreement is an important international treaty that deals with intellectual property rights administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and is dedicated to the protection of such rights for industrial designs.