The international design application process is done by filing the application with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO then processes the international design application. It is not necessary for the design in question to have been previously filed or registered as a national design or Community design (EU design). The basis for the international design application with WIPO is the Hague Design Agreement (HMA). Both Germany and the European Union have entered this Hague System. The international design registered with WIPO is not valid worldwide but is only protected in the countries selected in the international design application. The number of selected countries determines in particular the amount of fees that need to be paid for the international design application.
ZELLER & SEYFERT are the registered legal representatives of countless international designs at WIPO
We have been filing countless international designs for our clients with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in English language every year for many years. All international design applications are filed with us by a licensed attorney. This ensures that the international application procedure is carried out swiftly and without errors. In this respect, we also check whether your international design is registrable. In many cases, it is also advisable to file multiple international designs at the same time, especially since this significantly reduces the WIPO fees. Up to 100 designs can be filed in a single international design application proceeding.
Our guarantee: We will file your international design with WIPO within 24 hours after we have received the fees for the international design application
We want to avoid delays in filing your international designs in any case. We therefore explicitly guarantee our clients that we will always file international design applications with WIPO within 24 hours of receipt of the application fees in our bank account. The international design application will be filed by a lawyer who will also file it personally with WIPO. This guarantees an error-free and expeditious application in accordance with WIPO standards. We always file international design applications with WIPO electronically.
International design applications for which the DPMA, EUIPO or other national design offices do not wish to grant protection
After our international design application has been filed with WIPO, WIPO forwards our international design application to the national design offices of those countries for which we have requested design protection for our clients in the international design application. It may then be that individual national design offices do not wish to grant national design protection to the design. In such cases, however, we have the opportunity to file an appeal in the country concerned that does not want to grant design protection to the design, so that your design can still obtain design protection in that country. In Germany and the European Union (EU), we can file these appeals ourselves. In all other countries, we have been cooperating for years with attorneys who can then act for you locally in the country concerned.
Your contact person for all questions concerning international design law
If you have any questions regarding international design applications at WIPO as well as the subsequent procedures at the national design offices, please do not hesitate to contact Atty. Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. He is a specialist attorney for industrial property law, a specialist attorney for international business law as well as a specialist attorney for copyright and media law and has been registering international designs for his clients for more than 15 years. You can reach him most easily by e-mail (email@example.com) or also by telephone (+49 (0)69-58 80 972-40).