Canada is part of The Hague Agreement

November 5, 2018

As of November 5, 2018, Canada is part of The Hague Agreement, which allows Canadian companies and residents to file a single industrial design application with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and to pay the international fees and the designation fee(s) for each jurisdiction of interest. Hence, when an applicant wishes to protect his or their designs in several Hague Agreement contracting jurisdictions, such as Canada, the United States and/or the European Union, it may be advantageous to file an international application instead of filing separate applications in each of the jurisdictions. An international application may cover up to 100 different products in the same Locarno class.