The Hague System is a system for the international registration of designs embodied in industrial designs, which provides a practical business solution to register up to 100 industrial designs in 91 countries of the system by filing only one international application. The Hague System was adopted in November 1925.
After filing an international application for registration of an industrial design with the International Bureau of WIPO or Rospatent, the application is checked for compliance with formal requirements.
In case of a positive result of verification, WIPO carries out the international registration and publication of the design embodied in the industrial design.
The patent offices of the countries indicated in the application for registration check the registered industrial design for compliance with the national patentability requirements.
After verification, national patent offices can agree or refuse to grant protection in their country.
Key provisions of the Hague System:
One international application can include up to 100 industrial designs belonging to one class of the INCD (International Classification of Industrial Designs).
International applications are accepted in English, French or Spanish.
It is not necessary to pre-file a national application and obtain a national design patent.
It is not possible to extend the validity of an international registration.