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EUIPO has recently conducted a research that unveils the progressive success of the Registered Community Designs (RCD) over the last decade.

The report, EUIPO Design Focus – 2010 to 2019 Evolution, shows that RCD filings increased by 36.2% in ten years, with an average annual growth rate of 3.5%. Nearly 265.000 applications, containing on average 3.7 designs per application, were submitted to the EUIPO along the 10-year period, leading to 988.200 individual design filings.

Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain, the five largest EU economies, represent almost 51% of total direct RCD filings, while Poland and the Netherlands have demonstrated a strong growth. On the other hand, USA, China and Japan, the world’s largest economies, occupy respectively the third, sixth and ninth positions in the Global Top 10 ranking of countries with the most direct RCD filings. However, over the mentioned period, the EU share of filings fell by 15% while the United States and China increased their share by 4% and 12% respectively.

The Global Top 10 Direct RCD applicants from 2010 to 2019, which represent 5.9% of overall direct RCD filings, are all global leaders in the design intensive industries and commercial sectors and are named in the report.

The most filed class is Class 6 (Furnishing), followed by Class 2 (Articles of clothing and haberdashery) and Class 14 (Recording, telecommunication or data processing equipment), which had an average annual growth rate of 9.1%, the highest amongst the Top 10 classes.

Between 2010 and 2019, there were more than 3.700 RCD invalidity procedures filed, and over 507.000 RCD registrations renewed.

Meanwhile, the European Commission’s evaluation of EU legislation on designs is progressing. In 2018, ECTA contributed to a Joint Paper on the Legal Review on Industrial Design Protection in Europe, which was submitted to the Commission, as well as to the relevant Public Consultation conducted by the Commission last year. ECTA is continuing to follow this subject very closely.

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