Applying for international design protection through WIPO

WIPO provides a centralised system for filing international design applications. It is based on the Hague Agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs. 

You can register up to 100 designs in over 65 contracting states including the EU, the US, Japan, Korea and Liechtenstein* with a single application.

For more information on filing your application, geographical coverage, the Locarno Classification and fees, please visit the WIPO website.


Priority documents


If you wish to claim the priority of a Swiss application for applications abroad, you will need to submit a priority document to the authorities abroad. We would be happy to issue one for you.


Note for the authorities: a Swiss priority document includes an extract from the design register and a copy of the filing confirmation. Please note that these documents are not bound.

* NB: Unlike for patents, the Principality of Liechtenstein has no treaty for designs with Switzerland. Design applications for Liechtenstein can be filed with their 'Amt für Volkswirtschaft' (AVW).