International Designs

International Designs

Registro internacional de diseños (OMPI)

Register your  Design Internationally

International Design Registration

This is an international registration system where design owners can file their application centrally at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), based in Geneva, Switzerland, pursuant to the Hague Agreement, enabling a simultaneous protection of up to 100 designs that can be included in one single application and covering over 60 countries or regions, although subject to the conditions, requirements, term of validity and legislation foreseen in each Office. No basic design registration is required to use the system. The fees for each elected national or regional Office shall be paid at the time the international design application is filed. The International design will have the same effect as if design protection had been filed directly at the designated offices concerned.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)Although the territories covered by this system might seem arbitrary, the use of this system of international design registration should be taken into account in many cases, due to cost savings on protection and particularly if any of the two Regional Offices EUIPO and OAPI are designated, rather than filing country-by-country, as well as for the simplified registration procedure, as it will be filed in one language, just the payment of a single set fees shall be done in one currency as well as concerning any further management of the international design, which will be centralized at the WIPO Office, such as any change in the register, consisting of one single file covering a bunch of national registrations with only one renewal deadline to watch for.

The Hague Agreement and Who May Apply?

This system is limited to persons or entities having a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment, or an address, in at least one of the Contracting Countries. The Hague Agreement is constituted by three different Acts, which are to be considered for each country you choose, as some are party to only one act, some to two, and others to all three:

The Geneva Act (GA) of 1999;

The Hague Act (HA) of 1960;

The London Act (LA) of 1934;


Contracting States and Regional Offices of the Hague Agreement (Total: 66)

-Status on December1, 2017-

ContractingParty Continent Party to the Agreement (Acts) Maximum Duration
EG Egypt Africa GA, LA 15 years
MA Morocco Africa HA, LA 15 years
NA Namibia Africa GA 15 years
OA (OAPI) African Intellectual Property Organization (16 member states) Africa GA 15 years
OA-BJ Benin Africa HA, LA 15 years
OA-BW Botswana Africa GA 15 years
OA-CI Côted’Ivoire Africa GA, HA, LA 15 years
OA-GA Gabon Africa HA 15 years
OA-GH Ghana Africa GA 15 years
OA-ML Mali Africa HA 15 years
OA-NE Niger Africa HA 15 years
OA-SN Senegal Africa HA, LA 15 years
RW Rwanda Africa GA 15 years
TN Tunisia Africa GA, LA 20 years
BZ Belize America HA 10 years
SR Suriname America HA, LA
ST Sao Tome and Principe America GA 15 years
US United States of America America GA 15 years
AM Armenia Asia GA 15 years
AZ Azerbaijan Asia GA 15 years
BN Brunei Darussalam Asia GA 15 years
KH Cambodia Asia GA 15 years
GE Georgia Asia GA, HA 15 years
JP Japan Asia GA 20 years
KG Kyrgyzstan Asia GA, HA 15 years
KP Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Asia HA 15 years
KR Republic of Korea Asia GA 20 years
MD Republic of Moldova Asia GA, HA 25 years
MN Mongolia Asia GA, HA 10 years
OM Oman Asia GA 15 years
SG Singapore Asia GA 15 years
SY Syrian Arab Republic Asia GA 15 years
TJ Tajikistan Asia GA 15 years
TM Turkmenistan Asia GA
TR Turkey Asia GA 25 years
EU (EUIPO) European Union (28 member states) EU GA 25 years
EU-BE Belgium EU GA, HA 25 years
EU-BG Bulgaria EU GA, HA 25 years
EU-DE Germany EU GA, HA, LA 25 years
EU-DK Denmark EU GA 25 years
EU-EE Estonia EU GA 25 years
EU-ES Spain EU GA, LA 25 years
EU-FI Finland EU GA 25 years
EU-FR France EU GA, HA, LA 25 years
EU-GR Greece EU GA, HA 25 years
EU-HR Croatia EU GA, HA 25 years
EU-HU Hungary EU GA, HA 25 years
EU-IT Italy EU GA, HA, 25 years
EU-LT Lithuania EU GA 25 years
EU-LU Luxembourg EU GA, HA 25 years
EU-LV Latvia EU GA 25 years
EU-NL Netherlands EU GA, HA 25 years
EU-PL Poland EU GA 25 years
EU-RO Romania EU GA, HA 25 years
EU-SI Slovenia EU GA, HA 25 years
AL Albania Europe GA, HA 15 years
BA Bosnia and Herzegovina Europe GA 25 years
CH Switzerland Europe GA, HA 25 years
IS Iceland Europe GA 25 years
LI Liechtenstein Europe GA, HA, LA 25 years
MC Monaco Europe GA, HA, LA 50 years
ME Montenegro Europe GA, HA 15 years
MK Macedonia Europe GA, HA 25 years
NO Norway Europe GA 25 years
RS Serbia Europe GA, HA 25 years
UA Ukraine Europe GA, HA 15 years
VA Holy See Europe HA


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Information and Requirements to file an International Design Application:

  • The full name and address of the applicant(s)-holder(s).
  • The nationality or country of establishment of the applicant(s)-holder(s).
  • VAT Number (NIF/NIE), only if the applicant is Spanish or established in a country of the EU.
  • Name and nationality of the designer(s).
  • List of countries or regions where you want to obtain design protection.
  • Full details of the design and if appropriate, and a good representation of all the needed views of the design in JPG or similar.
  • Short description of the product(s) or design(s) to be registered.
  • The details of the application on which Convention Priority is to be claimed, if appropriate, within 6 months from first application date, along with the Certificate of Priority.
  • Date of first disclosure of the product(s) or design(s) in a specific country of the European Union, if any.
  • Your instructions on how we should proceed and approval of the likely costs.
  • Your immediate payment by bank transfer from invoice issue.
  • A POA signed by the applicant (no legalization) is required by the International Bureau.


Contact Us

via our contact form if you need advice or our fees on any design issues such as:

  • Registering an International Design.
  • Seeking our Attorney’s representation and appointment in your design registration.
  • Opposing or declaring invalid an International design applied for by others.
  • Defending your challenged or objected International Design Registration in an elected country, from an Office action, opposition, a declaration of invalidity or an appeal.
  • Taking legal action against infringement of your registered or unregistered design right in Europe being used by another person or company.
  • Renewing your International design for an additional five-year-period.
  • Licensing the use of your designs or selling them ensuring the recordal of assignment of the designs to others.



If this is the first filing of your design, it is convenient that you do not disclose the aesthetic characteristics to othersuntil you have applied for design protection, this may mean, in certain cases, that you might not be able to protect it, or your design may be declared invalid by anyone who proves this preceding disclosure (lack of novelty). However, you can safely discuss it with us, because as registered IP attorneys and lawyers, any information you disclose to us is legally privileged and confidential, using it strictly for the purpose or needed service we are instructed to handle in your name.