Israel Joins the Hague System

October 3, 2019

On October 3, 2019, the Government of Israel deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement with WIPO’s Director General Francis Gurry. This makes Israel the 63rd member of the 1999 Act and 73rd member of the Hague Union. The 1999 Act will enter into force in Israel on January 3, 2020.

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As of January 3, 2020, companies and designers from Israel can begin using the Hague System to protect their industrial designs in the Contracting Parties to the 1999 Act of the Hague Agreement. That translates to protection in the territories of up to 88 countries through a single international application and set of fees.

Foreign companies and designers can seek design protection through the Hague System in Israel from January 3, 2020.

Legal details

The instrument of accession includes the following declarations under the 1999 Act and the Common Regulations:

  • Article 4(1)(b) (prohibition of filing through national office)
  • Article 7(2) (individual designation fee)
  • Article 11(1)(a) (shorter period of deferment of publication)
  • Article 17(3)(c) (duration of protection)
  • Rule 18(1)(b) (12-month refusal period)

About the Hague System

The Hague System offers a cost-effective, efficient means of registering industrial designs. A single application allows you to register up to 100 industrial designs in 73 countries and intergovernmental organizations. By using Hague, you do away with the need to file applications in each individual country/region.

One application, one set of fees, and all in one language – industrial design registration made easy!

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WIPO's Hague System provides a unique international mechanism for securing and managing design rights simultaneously in more than 90 countries through one application, in one language with one set of fees.