Facts, figures and analysis of the international registration of industrial models An application can be filed in English, French or Spanish at the applicant`s choice. The application contains one or more views of the designs concerned and may contain up to 100 different designs, provided that all designs belong to the same class of the international classification of industrial designs (Locarno classification). The Hague system for the international registration of industrial models offers a practical commercial solution for registering 100 designs in 74 contractors in 91 countries by filing a single international application. International applications can include up to 100 designs, provided they all belong to the same class of the international classification of industrial designs (Locarno classification). Applicants can apply in English, French or Spanish. International applications contain one or more reproductions of the commercial design and designate at least one contracting party. The Hague system ensures the protection of industrial design in several jurisdictions through a single application filed with the International Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The primary objective of the Hague system is to streamline the process of obtaining several industrial-type certificates in the world by requiring a single application with a single payment in a single currency. The amendments to the Industrial Design Act and new regulations are intended to make international industrial design applications more accessible to innovators and to facilitate the growth of Canada`s knowledge economy. These amendments are partly a necessary element of the introduction of the Hague system into Canadian law, but they also bring our IP system closer to the status quo of our major trading partners. This reduces the complexity and cost of doing business for both Canadian innovators who wish to bring their intellectual property to international markets and non-Canadian companies wishing to enter or expand their presence in the Canadian market. The duration of protection is five years, which can be extended by at least five years under the 1960 Act, or two such periods under the 1999 Act. Where a party`s legislation provides for a longer period of protection, protection of the same duration is granted to designs that are the subject of international registration on the basis of international registration and renewals in that part.
In order to facilitate access to The Hague`s design system for design designers in the least developed countries (LDCs), international registration fees will be reduced to 10% of the prescribed amounts. Countries can become parties to the 1960 (Hague) Act, the 1999 (Geneva) Act or both.