Accession of the USA AND JAPAN to the WIPO’s international registration system for designs and models


After South Korea in July 2014, the USA and Japan will be next to adhere to the Hague system relating to the international registration of industrial designs and models. This will see two of the world’s largest economies join the registration service managed by the WIPO, aimed at supporting creators across the globe, bringing the total number of member countries of the Hague system to 65.


While full details are not yet available (in particular concerning the fees applicable to the designation of these countries), the accession shall enter in force on 13 May 2015.


FEEs applicable to the designation of the AIPO in the madrid union system


In December 2014, the African International Property Organisation (AIPO) issued, to the WIPO, the statement referred to in Article 8.7(a) of the Madrid Protocol, under which it requests payment of an individual fee when it is designated in an international application, in the context of a designation subsequent to an international registration or with respect to the renewal of an international registration in which it has been designated (instead of a portion of the revenue produced by the supplementary and complementary fees).


The following amounts have been established by the WIPO and apply as from 5 March 2015:



Amount (in Swiss francs)


Subsequent application or designation

for three classes of products or services


for each additional class




for a class of products or services


for each additional class


when payment is made during the grace period: additional amount, irrespective of the number of classes



Your usual contact at LAVOIX would be happy to provide you with further information.


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