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Becoming a Member of the Hague System

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.).


We currently have 79 Contracting Parties covering 96 countries. (click to enlarge)

The basics

The Hague System eliminates the need for applicants to file separate and multiple applications for design protection in individual countries or regions.

  • International applications are filed according to the requirements and procedures established by the Hague Agreement.
  • The domestic legal framework of each Contracting Party governs the design protection provided by the resulting international registrations.

Filing applications and renewing registrations | Managing registrations

Who can join?

  • Any state that is a member of WIPO; and
  • 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


Preparatory work




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.

Economy boosting

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?

Contact Hague Download our Accession Kit


We organize webinars to support IP offices in their accession preparations and to ensure that new Contracting Parties fully benefit from membership of the Hague System. Let us know about your own webinar needs or wishes.


International Designs Bulletin

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.

Find out more about the Bulletin.

Hague System Member Profiles

Details of the laws, practices and procedures of all Hague System members.

Find out more about Hague System Member Profiles.

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Annual, quarterly and monthly statistics on use of the Hague System by country.


Legal texts

Access all Hague System legal instruments, including regulations and administrative instructions.


Access a full list of declarations made by Contracting Parties, including details of the maximum duration of protection.

Information notices

Our information notices inform you of important developments to the Hague system.


The Schedule of Fees provides details of standard and individual designation fees payable to a Contracting Party upon designation in an international application.