Declarations Made by Contracting Parties under the 1999 Act and the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act [1]

Last updated:  September 10, 2020


(a) Article 4(1)(b) of the 1999 Act (prohibition of filing through the Office)

  • African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), Belize, Benelux, Canada, Croatia, European Union, France, Israel, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, San Marino, Slovenia, Ukraine, United Kingdom

(b) Article 5(2)(b)(i) of the 1999 Act (identity of the creator as additional mandatory content)

  • Romania

(c) Article 5(2)(b)(ii) of the 1999 Act (brief description as additional mandatory content)

  • Romania, Syrian Arab Republic, Viet Nam

(d) Article 5(2)(b)(iii) of the 1999 Act (claim as additional mandatory content)

  • United States of America, Viet Nam

(e) Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act (individual fee in respect of a designation made under the 1999 Act and in respect of a renewal requested under the 1999 Act)

  • African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), Canada, European Union, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, United States of America

(f) Rule 36(1) (individual fee in respect of a designation made under the 1960 Act)

  • Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova

(g) Rule 12(3) (individual designation fee payable in two parts)

  • Mexico, United States of America

(h) Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act (deferred publication for a period which is less than 30 months)

  • African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) (12 months), Belize (12 months), Benelux (12 months), Brunei Darussalam (12 months), Cambodia (12 months), Croatia (12 months), Denmark (6 months), Estonia (12 months), Finland (6 months), Israel (6 months), Norway (6 months), Samoa (12 months), Singapore (18 months), Slovenia (12 months), Suriname (12 months), Syrian Arab Republic (12 months), United Kingdom (12 months)

(i) Article 11(1)(b) of the 1999 Act (no deferment of publication)

  • Hungary, Iceland, Mexico, Monaco, Poland, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United States of America, Viet Nam

(j) Article 13(1) of the 1999 Act (requirement of unity of design)

  • Estonia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Romania, Russian Federation, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, United States of America, Viet Nam

(k) Article 14(3)(a) of the 1999 Act (prohibition of self-designation)

  • None

(l) Article 16(2) of the 1999 Act (no effect of change in ownership until specified statements or documents are received by the Office)

  • African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), Denmark, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United States of America

(m) Article 19(1) of the 1999 Act and/or Article 30(1) of the 1960 Act (common Office of several States)

  • Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands

(n) Rule 8(1)(a)(i) (special requirements concerning the applicant)

  • Finland, Ghana, Hungary, Iceland, Mexico

(o) Rule 8(1)(a)(ii) (special requirements concerning the creator)

  • United States of America

(p) Rule 9(3)(a) (certain views of the design required)

  • Republic of Korea, Viet Nam

(q) Rule 12(1)(c)(i) (level of standard designation fee – levels two and three)

  • Level two: Armenia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine
  • Level three: Brunei Darussalam, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Iceland, Lithuania, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Viet Nam

(r) Rule 13(4) (security clearance)

  • Russian Federation, United States of America

(s) Rule 18(1)(b) (extension to 12 months of the refusal period)

  • Canada, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Finland, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United States of America

(t) Rule 18(1)(c)(i) (date of effect of the international registration)

  • Mexico, Russian Federation, United States of America

(u) Rule 18(1)(c)(ii) (date of effect of the international registration)

  • Japan, Republic of Korea, United States of America

(v) Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act and Rule 36(2) (maximum duration of protection for industrial designs provided by the law of Contracting Parties to the 1999 Act and/or the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement)2

African Intellectual Property Organization 15 years
Albania 15 years
Armenia 25 years
Azerbaijan 15 years
Belize 15 years
Benelux 25 years
Benin 15 years
Bosnia and Herzegovina 25 years
Botswana 15 years
Brunei Darussalam 15 years
Bulgaria 25 years
Cambodia 15 years
Canada2 15 years
Côte d’Ivoire 15 years
Croatia 25 years
Denmark 25 years
(except: spare parts, 15 years)
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 15 years
Egypt 15 years
Estonia 25 years
European Union 25 years
Finland 25 years (except: spare parts, 15 years)
France 25 years
Gabon 15 years
Georgia 25 years
Germany 25 years
Ghana 15 years
Greece 25 years
Hungary 25 years
Iceland 25 years
Israel 25 years
Italy 25 years
Japan 25 years4
Kyrgyzstan 15 years
Latvia 25 years
Liechtenstein 25 years
Lithuania 25 years
Mali 15 years
Mexico 25 years
Monaco 50 years
Mongolia 15 years (under the 1999 Act)
10 years (under the 1960 Act)
Montenegro 25 years
25 years
Namibia 15 years
Niger 15 years
North Macedonia 25 years
Norway 25 years
Oman 15 years
Poland 25 years
Republic of Korea 20 years4
Republic of Moldova 25 years
Romania 25 years
Russian Federation 25 years
Samoa 15 years
San Marino
25 years
Sao Tome and Principe 15 years
Senegal 15 years
Serbia 25 years
Singapore 15 years
Slovenia 25 years
Spain 25 years
Suriname 15 years
Switzerland 25 years
Syrian Arab Republic 15 years
Tajikistan 15 years
Tunisia 15 years
Turkey 25 years
Ukraine 15 years
United Kingdom 25 years
United States of America 15 years
Viet Nam 15 years
  1. For details of each declaration, refer to the Hague Guide for Users.  Also refer to the profile of the Contracting Party concerned under the Hague Member Profiles.
  2. Each maximum duration of protection is as provided in the (latest) declaration made by a given Contracting Party.  The Contracting Parties not mentioned in this table have not yet communicated the declaration concerned to the International Bureau.
  3. The maximum duration of protection provided for by Canadian law begins on the date of the international registration and ends on the later of 15 years from the date of international registration or 10 years from the date of registration in Canada.
  4. Also refer to the Hague Member Profiles.