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China Joins WIPO's Hague System For Designs

On February 5, 2022, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that China has joined the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs (the "Hague System"), effective May 5, 2022. WIPO’s Hague System allows an applicant design protection simultaneously in over 90 countries through one application, in one language, with one set of fees. This system is administered by WIPO and therefore offers centralized management of an applicant’s design across the participating countries, including for example, renewals.

What does this mean? It means that designers outside of China will have easier access to the Chinese market. It also means that Chinese designers will be able to use the Hague System to more easily protect and promote their designs around the world.