by Dennis Crouch
WIPO administers the WIPO-administered Hague System for the Worldwide Registration of Industrial Designs. In 2015, the US linked its design patent system with Hague — this offers U.S. designers simpler entry to world design rights; and non-U.S. candidates simpler entry to the U.S. market. This week, China introduced that additionally it is becoming a member of the system. Even with out being a part of Hague, IP places of work across the globe have obtained big will increase in Chinese language -origin industrial design purposes. As an example, 55% of world design purposes filed in 2020 had been by Chinese language residents.
The primary chart under reveals the affect within the U.S. design patent system. For the primary time in 2021, most new U.S. design patents originated from outdoors of the U.S.; with Chinese language-origin design patents taking the clear quantitative lead over all different nations. The second chart reveals the rise in design patents (and design patent purposes) over the previous a number of years.