WIPO – Hague System – Amendments to the Administrative Instructions

We will shortly be releasing an updated version of the Hague System Administrative Instructions .

What do the amendments address?

In short:

  • Update/modernization of signature requirements (section 202). Accepted formats for signature will now also include typed signature (including text-string signature – also known as “s-signature”).
  • Requirements concerning contact details (sections 301 and 302). Optional contact details will no longer include fax number, email address (it is now mandatory to provide an email address) or different postal address for correspondence. Note: In cases where there are multiple applicants or new owners, and no representative, an email address (instead of postal) will now be required for correspondence.
  • Time limit for requesting the recording of a limitation or renunciation to prevent publication of all or some designs (section 601). The three-week time limit now explicitly applies to requests for recording of a limitation or renunciation for international registrations that are subject to standard publication.

The updated Administrative Instructions will come into force on April 1, 2022.

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