Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs
Maximize the benefits of design innovation by using the Hague System
The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs provides a mechanism for registering a design in countries and/ or intergovernmental organizations [PDF] member of the Hague Agreement. It is administered by the International Bureau of WIPO located in Geneva, Switzerland.
The System offers the owner of an industrial design a means of obtaining protection in several countries by simply filing one application with the International Bureau of WIPO, in one language, with one set of fees in one currency (Swiss Francs). An international registration produces the same effects in each of the designated countries, as if the design had been registered directly with each national office, unless protection is refused by the national office of that country.
The Hague System simplifies the management of an industrial design registration, since it is possible to record subsequent changes or to renew the registration through a single procedural step with the International Bureau of WIPO.
- Seminar on the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs (in English and French) (Geneva, May 31, 2013) (Apr 18, 2013)
- Strong Growth in Demand for Intellectual Property Rights in 2012 (PR/2013/732) (Apr 18, 2013)
- Indication relating to a declaration under Article 7(2) of the 1999 Act: African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) (Feb 25, 2013)
- Declarations made under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act and Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations (Level of the standard designation fee concerning international applications): Tunisia (Feb 14, 2013)
- Declaration made under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act: Bosnia and Herzegovina (HAGUE/2012/12) (Nov 23, 2012)
International filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs under WIPO-administered intellectual property (IP) systems saw continued strong growth in 2012.
On several occasions, the attention of the International Bureau has been drawn to the fact that certain organizations are sending letters to the owners of international registrations, inviting them to register their industrial designs in publications which appear to be of an official nature. The International Bureau warns the owners of international registrations and their agents that such a publication has absolutely no legal effect in regard to the protection of the said industrial designs and is therefore unnecessary. Further information