Industrial Design: Brazil moves closer to joining Hague Agreement

by | Jan 3, 2023 | Blog, Industrial design

In December 2022, Brazil took a further step forward towards adhesion to the Hague Agreement on International Registrations of Industrial Designs, by depositing the Protocol of Adhesion to the Agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) .

Adhesion to the Hague Agreement had already been sanctioned by the former President, Jair Bolsonaro, after approval by the National Congress. The final step in the Accession process will be the promulgation and entry into force of the International Treaty.

To find out more about the Hague System, and how the agreement works in practice, you can access our previous post Industrial Design: Brazil Prepares for Accession to the Hague Agreement.

The purpose of the Hague Agreement is to streamline and simplify procedures and reduce costs for registering Industrial Designs abroad.

In practice, it means that Brazilian companies will be able to protect their industrial designs in 94 countries using a single application (including in Brazil, the United States, China and Japan, as well as the European Union).

Unlike applications under the Madrid Protocol, for example, no prior national or regional application is required to make an application. The scope of protection may vary from one jurisdiction to another.

Respectively, foreign applicants who have registered their work with WIPO will be protected in the Brazilian market.

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