Hague Services – Filing Applications & Renewing Registrations

The simplest way for you to file your international design applications and renew your international design registrations is using eHague.

Your application – which may include up to 100 designs within one class of the Locarno Classification – must include a reproduction of each design, and designation of the contracting parties where you seek protection. You must file your application in English, French or Spanish – the official languages of the Hague System. All applications are subject to the payment of three types of fees.

You can renew all or some of the designs included in your international registration, for as many of the designated contracting parties as you wish.

Tip! – Want to file an international application under the Hague System? First check your eligibility.

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Why use our online services?

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File

Filing through eHague will give you complete digital access to all aspects of your application. You can save your application for completion and submission at a later date, view and download your applications, reply to communications, and easily make payments online.

Our eHague filing tutorial walks you through creating, viewing and editing online international design applications.

You may also use form DM/1 to file an application.

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Renew

Extending the duration of protection for your designs is easy.

Six months before your renewal is due, you should receive a reminder from WIPO. Simply go to eHague to renew. Enter your registration number, follow the prompts and submit your request.

You may also use form DM/4 to renew a registration.

Tip! Use the Hague System fee calculator to quickly estimate your application or renewal fees.

Preparing reproductions

Your international application must include reproductions (photos, drawings or other graphic representations) of all designs covered. Tip! One design may be represented by many reproductions.

Basics

  • Reproductions must be shown on a neutral, plain background. (If a color background has to be used, it must be referenced in the description.)
  • Reproductions must be consistent and correspond to each other.
  • Only textual or graphical disclaimers are accepted.

Legal provisions

  • Hague Administrative Instructions, Part Four PDF, Hague Administrative Instructions
  • Hague Common Regulations, Rule 9 PDF, Hague Regulations

Technical requirements

  • Images must be provided at 300 dpi.
  • Keep a minimum of one pixel of border (maximum 20 pixels) to avoid losing information when your image is cropped for publication.
  • Maximum file size is 2MB.

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Guidance on reproductions

Find out how to avoid unnecessary refusals on the grounds of insufficient disclosure of your designs.

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Resources

Hague legal texts

Consult Hague legal texts for specific details of the Hague System, including how they relate to your applications or registrations.

Hague Guide for Users

The Hague Guide for Users is your comprehensive reference on the Hague System, walking you through the various steps involved in the international registration of designs.

Hague System Member Profiles

Learn about the laws, practices and procedures of Hague System members. (Find out more...)

Declarations

Declarations made by contracting parties may impact on your international applications and registrations.

International designs: Facts and figures

Find out who filed the most Hague international design applications in 2019.

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Charts with the latest key international IP data.

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The Hague Yearly Review provides facts, figures and analysis on international design registrations.

Review Summary

Did you know?

  • 2020 saw a 45% growth in designs for medical & laboratory equipment, reflecting global innovative activity related to COVID-19.
  • The US climbed to 2nd highest number of designs in international applications in 2020, compared to 6th in 2019.

Need help?

Our Hague 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))