WIPO has announced that Brazil has joined the Hague System for international registered design filings, increasing the System’s coverage to 96 countries. Design filings through the Hague System can include Brazil from 1st August 2023, meaning that such applications can claim priority from earlier filings made on or after 1st February 2023 under the Paris Convention.
The Hague System allows for a centralised international design application, enabling applicants to avoid the need to file in each office separately, which can provide significant cost benefits. Many companies have shown increased interest in the Hague System in recent years, particularly given this news regarding Brazil along with China’s accession last year.
The Carpmaels & Ransford Designs Team is experienced in handling international design applications under the Hague System and has spent considerable time building a knowledge base regarding filing particulars in countries covered by the System.
A link to WIPO’s announcement can be found here.
If you have any queries regarding this development, or want to know more about handling applications under the system, please get in touch with your regular Carpmaels contact.