Hague System: Milestones of 2022 and Things to Watch Out For in 2023

December 22, 2022

It’s been another busy year for the Hague System, with new accessions, procedures and online tools and services coming into play. And, in terms of filings, 2022 has also been another bumper year, with nearly 8,000 new applications received – a filing record for two consecutive years now.

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Let’s take a look at some of our 2022 milestones, in case you missed out…

New options for timing the publication of your international registrations

On January 1, we launched new publication options under the Hague System, providing you with greater flexibility and control in timing the publication of your international registrations and designs to suit your business needs and marketing strategies. Find out more about new publication options.

Hague System accessions

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In the first half of the year, Jamaica (February) and China (May) acceded to the Hague System, extending the geographical coverage of WIPO’s international design system to 94 countries or export markets, and to nine out of ten of the world’s top economic markets (World Bank rankings).

Another big milestone: In July, Morocco – the only remaining Hague System contracting party outside of the European Union and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), bound solely by the 1960 Hague Act – acceded to the 1999 Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement.

Hague System Digital Information Kit

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In March, we released our new Hague System Digital Information Kit providing you with quick, concise, visual and interactive information highlighting key features, tools and resources of the Hague System. Reminder! A print version is also available for download (PDF).

New eHague services and tools

The number of applications filed online through eHague continued to grow in 2022.

Reminder! Wherever possible, file your international applications and manage your international registrations using eHague.

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In April, we added new online services to eHague, enabling you to appoint or remove representatives, and make changes to the name and/or address of existing representatives, using secure and intuitive electronic signature and approval processes. You no longer need to download, complete and send us forms DM/7, DM/8 or DM/9!

We also made it possible for you to view the processing status of your requests – including those relating to international applications – in real-time.

And, in June, we introduced the eHague workbench, giving you access to documents from WIPO, such as acknowledgements of receipt for your applications and self-service requests, observations, irregularity notices from WIPO, and certificates of registration.

We’ll be releasing more new eHague services and features in the new year; keep reading!

Services for IP offices

In May 2022, we launched new bi-directional, machine-to-machine secure data exchange with Hague System IP Offices in order to:

  1. streamline and automate procedures;
  2. make the processing of Office decisions ever more efficient; and
  3. provide Offices with real-time status updates.

Designs in Action

Over the year, we’ve added more stories to our “Designs in Action” collection, featuring companies – and their designs – from China, Greece, Sweden and Switzerland.

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(Photo: Fotodiastasi)

Our last story for the year – released on December 12 – takes you to Greece where SME Fotodiastasi has been designing and manufacturing decorative lights for over three decades. Find out more about how Fotodiastasi uses the Hague System to protect their designs internationally.

Many thanks to all the companies who take part in these stories – providing you with insights into how designs work in the real world. If you’d like to share your own story, illustrating how you've leveraged the Hague System to secure international design protection, Contact Hague!

Webinars – bringing the Hague System closer to you

We were pleased to welcome more than 1,700 of you to our 2022 Hague System webinars – a valuable opportunity for us to interact with you directly and for you to get answers to all your questions! Many thanks to all of you who took part.

Your favorite webinar in 2022?

More than 300 participants attended our April 2022 webinar on “Making the Most of China's accession to the Hague System, during which we shared valuable tips on, and insights into, China’s accession, as well as details of the specific declarations made by China.

Watch the video

For the first time this year, we offered webinars in French; in 2023, we plan to extend language coverage of our webinars to include Spanish. Check back soon!

If you missed out, you can access recordings of all public webinars via our Webinars Archive page.

Coming up in 2023

Some sneak peeks at what we have lined up for you in 2023!

Expanding eHague

New eHague services and features are in the pipeline, making it even easier for you to manage your international design portfolio:

  • Holder Management – make changes to the name and/or address of one or more holders directly through eHague, following an intuitive process. You will no longer need to download, complete and send us Hague System Form DM/6!

  • Irregularity notices – we will be adding responses to irregularity notices to your eHague workbench, so that you can access the full history of exchanges with WIPO regarding irregularities.

  • Renew – we will add more information about renewals into your eHague workbench. And, our registration renewal service will have a face-lift in the New Year, taking the WIPO IP Portal look and feel. This is to make user experience across our suite of services as coherent and streamlined as possible.

Later in the year, we will be rolling out portfolio management, giving you real-time, secure and direct digital access to your complete international design portfolio.

eHague – your digital gateway to international design protection.

New accessions

We are looking forward to welcoming more new Hague System Members in 2023, providing you with greater geographical scope for the protection of your designs. Stay tuned!

Webinars

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We are lining up more webinars for you in 2023, in English French and, for the first time, Spanish – extending language coverage to all three official languages of the Hague System.

We will publish our webinar program for the first quarter of 2023 early in January.

Check back soon and sign up to get valuable tips on and practical insights into using the Hague System!

If there are specific topics that you would like us to cover in our Hague System webinars, please let us know!

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See you in 2023!

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