An International Registered Design offers the possibility to file a design application centrally for all members of the Hague Design Agreement. The application is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.
All countries, in which protection is sought, must be designated in the application. The registration will then be conducted according to the respective national law and results in a bundle of national registered designs.
WIPO acting as central administrative body enables a common language of proceedings (English or French) and a single filing fee, as well as single renewal fees.
Currently, 66 countries are members of the Hague Design Agreement. As the European Union is also a member, it is possible to obtain a Registered Community Design over the international proceedings as well.