France (FR)

Procedures Applying when this Contracting Party is Designated


The Office does not republish international registrations nor renewals.

Examination Procedure

The Office carries out examination on substantive grounds, on issues such as the definition of a 'design', public order and morality and the protecton of State emblems.

Opposition Period


Time Limit for Responding to Refusal

Two months from the date of receipt of the notification (extendable once for two months).

Effect as Grant of Protection

The international registration has the effect as a grant of protection as from the international registration date.

Creator requirements

Priority documents

Not applicable.

Representation before the Office

Persons not having a domicile or place of business in a member State of the European Community (EU), or in a State party to the Agreement of the European Economic Area (EEA) must, within the allocated timeframe provided for by INPI, appoint a representative satisfying the conditions laid down under Article R.512-1. A list of industrial property representatives is accessible online at:

Fees payable on division of the international registration

Not applicable.

Last updated on: January 11, 2017