Hague – The International Design System
You MUST provide WIPO with an email address when:
- filing an international design application;
- appointing a representative; or
- requesting a change in ownership of an international registration.
Why? So that we can send traceable electronic communications to applicants, holders and representatives.
- When filing an international application, you will not be able to proceed or submit your application in eHague without the required email address. Note: even if appointing a representative, you must still provide the applicant's email address.
- The email address of the applicant must be distinct from that of the representative – use a different domain name – unless the representative is in-house.
- Where a representative is appointed, the email address of the applicant or holder will only be used in the limited circumstances as required under the Hague Common Regulations .
- WIPO will not share your email addresses with any third party.
The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs provides a practical business solution for registering up to 100 designs in 74 contracting parties covering 91 countries, through the filing of a single international application.
You can file an international application under the Hague System if:
- you are a national of i.) a contracting party or of ii.) a member state of an intergovernmental organization which is a contracting party;
- you have a domicile or habitual residence in a contracting party; or
- you have a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in a contracting party.
Full list of Hague System contracting parties.
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You can obtain protection within any contracting party, including member states of an intergovernmental organization party to the Hague Agreement. If you wish to protect a design in a jurisdiction that is not party to the Hague Agreement, you will have to file a national (or regional) application.
International design applications are subject to the payment of three types of fees, all payable in Swiss francs:
- a basic fee (397 Swiss francs for one design; 19 Swiss francs for each additional design included in the same application);
- a publication fee (17 Swiss francs for each reproduction; 150 Swiss francs for each page on which one or more reproductions are shown); and
- a standard designation fee or an individual designation fee for each contracting party where protection is sought. Note: For standard designation fees, a three-level structure applies, reflecting the level of examination carried out by the contracting party.
Access the full list of Hague System Q&As.