Hague System: Changes to Options for the Timing of Publication of your International Registrations
December 1, 2021
Good news! Starting January 1, 2022, the Hague System will provide you with greater flexibility and control in timing the publication of your international registrations to suit your business needs.
What will change for applicants?
First, we will be increasing the default "standard publication" time of international registrations from six to twelve months after the date of registration. This will give you more time to plan your marketing strategy whilst keeping your designs confidential. You may alternatively continue to select "immediate publication" (i.e., shortly after recording of your international registration).
Second, we will be adding a new option – "publication at a chosen time" (counted in months from the filing date). This will enable you to indicate a time earlier than "standard publication". You will still be able to defer publication beyond the standard publication period – up to 30 months from the filing date, or if you have claimed priority from an earlier filing, from the priority date.
What will change if you’ve already filed your application?
As of January 1, 2022, you will be able to request earlier publication – at any time before the expiration of the publication period initially specified in the international application.