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Hague System – The International Design System

Protecting your designs internationally since 1925

What is the Hague System?

The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs provides a practical business solution for registering up to 100 designs in 96 countries PDF, List of Hague contracting parties, by filing a single international application.

  • Nationals of…
  • Anyone with domicile or habitual residence in…
  • Anyone with a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in…

…any of the Hague System’s 79 members (referred to as “contracting parties”)– including all countries in the European Union (EU) and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) – can use the Hague System.


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You can secure design protection within any Hague System contracting party. If you wish to protect a design in a jurisdiction that is not party to the Hague Agreement, you will have to file a national (or regional) application.

International design applications are subject to the payment of three types of fees, all payable in Swiss francs (CHF):

  • a basic fee (397 CHF for one design; 19 CHF for each additional design included in the same application);
  • a publication fee (17 CHF for each reproduction; 150 CHF for each page on which one or more reproductions are shown); and
  • a standard designation fee or an individual designation fee for each contracting party where you seek protection. Note: a three-level structure applies to standard designation fees, reflecting the level of examination carried out by the contracting party.

Find out more: Calculate your fees | Fees and payment methods | Online payment

Make the Hague System your next design partner !

The Hague System is helping entrepreneurs and companies to promote their designs, build trust in their work and enhance their brand regionally and internationally.

Hague System online services – eHague

Use eHague to file your international design applications and manage your registrations.

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New to eHague? Try our filing tutorial and demo.

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How to use the Hague System

The Hague System supports you throughout the lifecycle of your designs, from application for protection through to renewal.

Watch this brief introduction to designs and their international protection through the WIPO Hague System. video

Digital Information Kit – interactive information on applying for design protection internationally. 

How the Hague System works

Learn all about the process of securing international design protection.

Filing international design applications

File your international design applications online to have digital access to your portfolio.

Managing international design registrations

Update (transfer ownership, renunciation, limitation, etc.) and renew your international registration directly through WIPO.

Searching protected designs

Check what your competitors are doing by searching existing designs before you file an international design application.

Benefits of the Hague System


Protect your designs in over 90 countries, with more joining soon.


One international application can include up to 100 designs.


Save time and money thanks to the single application framework.


Easily manage your international design registrations directly with WIPO.

Download our brochure pdf to find out more about the main features and advantages of using the Hague System.

Designs in Action

Follow our Designs in Action stories, for insights into how designs protected through the Hague System work in the real world.

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(Photo: JI YUE)

JI YUE: Redefining Electric Vehicle Design with AI Innovation

Adopting a user-focused design philosophy and strategically leveraging the Hague system, the JI YUE brand is at the forefront of innovative and sustainable automotive solutions. The brand’s inaugural AI-powered smart electric vehicle – the Ji Yue 01 – is transforming the automotive landscape.

(Photo: Micro Mobility Systems AG)

Microlino – An Electric Microcar with a Functional Design

In an era marked by urban congestion and heightened environmental concerns, one family has embarked on a multi-generational journey fueled by an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit. Meet the Ouboters, pioneers in the realm of micro-mobility, reshaping the landscape of urban transportation, one project at a time.

(Photo: IceWind)

IceWind blows a wind of change on the energy market

IceWind, an Iceland-based company, has created wind power turbines that are more compact and intelligent in design compared to conventional wind turbines. They can equip telecommunications towers and other remote infrastructure, thereby replacing diesel generators and supporting the transition towards a more environmentally friendly planet.

Join the Hague System

The Hague System currently has 79 members covering 96 countries. When filing an international application under the Hague System, applicants can designate as few or as many of those contracting parties as desired.

Interested in becoming a member of the Hague System?

Find out all about how to become a member of the Hague System and what the benefits are.

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Questions about the Hague System?

Our Hague System Customer Service team is available to answer all your questions and assist you throughout the lifecycle of your international design applications and registrations. To ensure optimal handling of enquiries use Contact Hague.

Contact Hague | Phone +41 22 338 7575 (Monday to Friday, 09:00–18:00 (CET))