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Canada to join Hague Agreement

25 July 2018

Canada has ratified the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. Canada can be designated in new Hague design filings from 5 November 2018.

The Hague Agreement enables applicants to seek protection of registered designs/design patents in 69 territories (that includes all European Union member states, USA, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the UK [Members of the Hague Union]) through a single application. The system is administered by a single body – the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) – and provides a simple and cost-effective solution to multi-regional design protection. The filing and renewal fees are all paid to one entity and are calculated based on the number of designs and number of protected territories. In addition, the applications need only be filed in English or French – potentially saving on translation fees.


Richard Worthington
Designs group

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