France (FR)

Contact for all matters relating to the Hague System

National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)
15, rue des minimes - CS 50001
92677 Courbevoie Cedex

Contact Person/Point: INPI DIRECT
Telephone: +33 820 210 211
Telephone: +33 156 658 350
Web site:
Web site:

Opening hours

Monday to Friday9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

General Information

Membership in the Hague Agreement

Act(s)Entry into Force
Geneva Act (1999)March 18, 2007
The Hague Act (1960)August 1, 1984
London Act (1934)June 25, 1939

Declaration(s) made by the Contracting Party

Prohibition of filing through the Office Article 4(1)(b)
Maximum duration of protection under the national law Article 17(3)(c)
Maximum duration of protection for industrial designs Rule 36(2)

Hague Information Notices

Jan 26, 2007Ratification of the 1999 Act: France (HAGUE/2007/2)doc: Ratification of the 1999 Act:  France pdf: Ratification of the 1999 Act:  France

If an International Application is Filed through the Office

Indirect Filing

An international application may not be filed through this Office.

Filing Language

Not applicable.

Application Fee

Not applicable.

Transmittal Fee

Not applicable.

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.

National and/or Regional Legislation

Law of 14.07.1909

Last updated on: January 11, 2017