Becoming a member of the Hague System is relatively simple, the international procedural mechanism of the Geneva Act (1999) being flexible enough to accommodate your country’s own domestic requirements.
How? By allowing your country to make declarations on specific requirements (e.g., unity of design, deferment of publication, etc.).
any intergovernmental organization (IGO) that has:
at least one member that is also a member of WIPO; and
an office through which design protection may be obtained, with effect in the territory in which the IGO’s constituting treaty applies.
How to join
Entry into force
Benefits of the Hague System for members
Joining the Hague System stimulates innovation and creativity, helping local businesses and designers expand into, and protect their designs within, new global markets. At the same time, the local economy and the community at large benefit from investments by foreign businesses that can easily and efficiently secure design protection within that jurisdiction.
Under the Hague System, the IP offices of contracting parties don’t need to worry about data entry, fee collection, formal examination, registration certificates, publication, etc. WIPO takes care of all of this.
The Hague System makes it easier for businesses and designers to:
protect and commercialize their designs in foreign markets; and
ensure a return on the investment they make in creating and marketing designs.
What is the value added?
…for your IP office
More business; less paper work, with WIPO taking care of all procedural matters.
…for your economy
Creation of new business opportunities for individual designers and SMEs with a limited IP budget, thanks to the Hague System’s simple and cost-efficient approach to protecting designs internationally.
Find out more
Want to find out more about becoming a member of the Hague System?
The Bulletin is the Hague System’s official publication of international registrations.Important! For the IP offices of contracting parties, the Bulletin serves as official notification of their country or region’s designation in an international registration.