Hague Agreement Design Fees
Assuming there will be no objections, there will also be a saving in locally designed lawyer fees. The Hague Agreement is a system that allows contractors belonging to certain countries to apply centrally to a number of states and/or intergovernmental organisations (in particular the European Union Intellectual Property Office (formerly OHMI), rather than having to submit separate applications for each state and/or intergovernmental organisation. The United States has made a declaration pursuant to Article 7, paragraph 2, and requires an individual designation fee, which must be paid by the USPTO in the first part of the filing and in the second part. See MPEP 2903 and 2920.06. The first and second part of the individual designation tax for the United States is lightly updated for small and small businesses. The requirements for determining the status of small businesses are defined in 37 CFR 1.27 and MPEP 509.02 and 509.03, as well as in 37 CFR 1.29 and mPEP 509.04. With respect to international design applications, the payment of the first portion of the U.S. individual designation tax to the International Office by each part of the small business is considered a written affirmation of the right to small business status. See 37 CFR 1.27 (c) (3). In addition, a certificate relating to microenterprises may be signed by a person entitled to represent the applicant in the international design declaration referred to in 37 CFR 1.1041 before the International Office, from which certification for micro-entities is submitted to the International Office. See 37 CFR 1.28 (e).
All payments are made in Swiss francs (CHF). You are responsible for any additional fees charged by your bank or intermediary bank. When a designated agency reviews design applications or if their law is applicable, the Designated Agency may request that the refusal period be 12 months instead of six. In some cases, it may be requested that the publication of the designs be postponed for up to 30 months from the date of filing or, if the priority is claimed, from the priority date. However, some contracting parties have a shorter deferral period and others do not allow for a postponement at all. A separate designation fee is levied for each party designated in an international design application. The standard designation fee (Rule 12, paragraph 1, paragraph ii) applies to the designation of a party that has not set an individual designation fee. The default designation fee varies between levels 1 to 3, depending on the type of review conducted by each designated contracting party and on a specific agreement between that party and the International Bureau.