How to file your application: Entitlement

To be entitled to file an international application, an applicant must satisfy at least one of the following conditions (entitlements): 

  • be a national of a Contracting Party;
  • be a national of a Member State of an intergovernmental organization which is a Contracting Party (such as the European Union or the African Intellectual Property Organization);
  • have a domicile in the territory of a Contracting Party;
  • have a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in the territory of a Contracting Party, or only under the Geneva (1999) Act
  • have a habitual residence in a Contracting Party.

List of Contracting Parties PDF, Hague contracting parties