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Hague – The International Design System

The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs provides a practical business solution for registering up to 100 designs in 77 contracting parties PDF, List of Hague contracting parties covering 94 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.

Find out more: Fees and payment methods | Calculate your fees

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Using the Hague System

The Hague System supports you throughout the lifecycle of your designs, from application for protection through to renewal.

How the Hague System works

Learn all about the process of obtaining international design protection.

Filing applications

File an international application online to have digital access to your assets.

Managing registrations

Update (including change in ownership, renunciation, limitation, etc.) and renew your international registration directly through WIPO.

Searching protected designs

Check what your competitors are doing by searching existing designs – virtual and print – before you file an international design application.

Want to know more?

Video: designs and protection

Watch this brief introduction to designs and their international protection through the WIPO Hague System.

Digital Information Kit

Explore our digital Information Kit to get quick, concise and interactive information on applying for design protection internationally. [Download print version]

Designs in Action

Follow our Designs in Action stories for insights into how designs work in the real world.


Join our free interactive webinars for practical information on a wide range of topics related to international design protection.


Use eHague to file your international design applications and renew your registrations.

New to eHague? Try our filing tutorial and demo.

Hague System benefits

The Hague System is your fast track route to securing international protection of your designs in multiple jurisdictions whilst enjoying a minimum of formalities, a maximum of time savings and substantial cost-efficiency.

No need to file individual national applications; no complications with national languages and different currencies; no monitoring of multiple deadlines for renewal; simply manage your registrations centrally through WIPO.

Main Features & Advantages


One international application

A single application is all you need to register your designs in over 90 countries.


Enjoy significant cost-savings thanks to the single application framework.

Centralized management

Easily manage your registrations directly with WIPO.

Global coverage

Protect your designs in over 90 countries, with more joining soon.

Join the Hague System

The Hague System currently has 77 contracting parties covering 94 countries. When filing an international application under the Hague System, applicants can designate as few or as many of those contracting parties as desired.

Interested in becoming a member?

Find out all about how to accede to the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement and what the benefits are.

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Need help?

Our Hague System Customer Service team is available to answer all your questions and queries and to assist you throughout the lifecycle of your international design applications and registrations. To ensure optimal handling of enquiries use Contact Hague.

Contact Hague | Phone +41 22 338 7575 (Monday to Friday, 09:00–18:00 (CET))