International protection of designs
Industrial designs protection is obtained on the territorial principle, being valid only on the territory of the country in which such right has been granted.
Protection of designs in the territories of other countries may be obtained as follows:
By filing a single application with the competent office of each country on which territory protection is requested
For the entire territory of the European Union, by filing an application or e-filing for a Registered Community Design (RCD) directly to the competent EU Office: European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Design.
Any individual or business in Croatia can file an application for a Registered Community Design.
Following the accession of Croatia to the full membership of the European Union, it will be possible to file a RCD application through the State Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia.
For more information on filing and fees for an application of Registered Community Design, please go to the EUIPO’s web pages.
By e-filing a uniform international application using the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs directly with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), up to 100 designs and over 60 territories can be included in 1 single international application which can be used to claim priority on in further filings.
Croatia is a Member of the 1999 (Geneva) and 1960 (Hague) Acts of the Hague Agreement. Any individual or business in Croatia can file an international application under the Hague System. For more information on filing an international application, geographical coverage and fees, please go to the WIPO's web pages.