1 August 2023

Brazil becomes a Contracting Party of the Hague Agreement for Registration of Industrial Designs

In February 2023, Brazil deposited its instrument of ratification to join the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement.  This came into effect today, 1 August 2023. This means that Brazil can now be designated in new international design applications.

The Hague System has become an increasingly attractive route for obtaining registered design protection as more countries sign up. The System is administered by the World International Property Office (WIPO) and it provides a simple and cost-effective way of obtaining registered design protection in multiple participating countries through a single application. However, the system is ‘closed’, meaning that it is only available for use by applicants who are resident, domiciled or have a real and effective commercial establishment in a member state.

Brazil is the largest economy in Latin America, and the 71st contracting party to the 1999 Act. Other members include China, which joined in 2022, the EU, US and Japan. A full list of members can be found here: WIPO Lex.

Our designs team is experienced in filing and prosecuting designs using the Hague System, and understands the complexities involved in complying with the varied requirements of the member states.  We can advise on the strategy for obtaining the most commercially-relevant and cost-effective protection.

For more information on this or any other design matter, please contact your usual Venner Shipley attorney who will be pleased to assist, or e-mail us at