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Brazil Joins the Hague System

February 17, 2023

Brazil has joined the Hague System, extending the geographical scope of WIPO’s international design system to 96 countries. Brazil is the largest economy in Latin America and its accession strengthens the status of the Hague System as a truly global option for securing design protection.

The Government of Brazil deposited its instrument of accession to the 1999 Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement on February 13, 2023. Brazil is the 71st Contracting Party to the 1999 Act and the 79th member of the Hague Union.


The 1999 Act will enter into force in Brazil on August 1, 2023

Download Information Notice No. 5/2023

What does this mean for you?

Starting August 1, 2023…

  • If you are a designer or business owner in Brazil, you will be able to seek the protection of your designs in any of the 96 countries covered by the Hague System, by filing just one international application.
  • If you are a non-resident, you will be able to secure international design protection in Brazil through WIPO’s Hague System, facilitating the expansion of your business into Latin America.


To ensure that the international procedural mechanism of the Hague System accommodates their own domestic requirements, Hague System Contracting Parties can make certain declarations. Brazil’s instrument of accession includes the following declarations:

  • Applications cannot be filed through the Brazil National Institute of Industrial Property
  • One design (with up to 20 variants) can be included per application
  • Indication of the creator of the design is mandatory
  • Deferment of publication will not be possible
  • Level two of standard designation fees will apply
  • The maximum duration of protection is 25 years.

Stay tuned for more information!

You will soon be able to find out all about Brazil’s domestic laws, procedures and requirements for international design protection in our Hague System Member Profiles. Check back soon!

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WIPO Hague System – The International Design System

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.