The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs provides a practical business solution for registering up to 100 designs in 75 contracting parties covering 92 countries, through the filing of a single international application.
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.
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Hague System benefits
The Hague System is your fast track route to securing international protection of your designs in multiple jurisdictions. Enjoy 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.
One international application
A single application – filed in English, French or Spanish (the official languages of the Hague System) – is all you need to register your designs in over 90 countries.
Enjoy significant cost-savings thanks to the single application framework.
Easily manage your registrations directly with WIPO.
Protect your designs in over 90 countries, with more joining soon.
The Hague System currently has 75 contracting parties covering 92 countries. When filing an international application under the Hague System, applicants can designate as few or as many of those contracting parties as desired.
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.