EUIPO has calculated who owns the most Registered Community Designs


2020 05 13


Attractive and exclusive design makes businesses more competitive, drives innovation, and is a key component of success in ever-growing global markets.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has summarized how trends in the protection of registered Community designs (RCDs) have changed over the last decade (2010-2019), with data from the Design Focus study showing that:

  • The activity of applicants is still growing - although the average annual growth rate over the last decade has been insignificant, which is 3.5%, the total number of applications has increased by 36.2% since the beginning of 2010. Additionally, RCD applications have been submitted more than 1 million times.
  • The 5 largest EU economies (Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain) accounted for almost 51% of all direct RCD applications, with Germany being the most active, Italy is in second place and France in third place (though France was marked by significant negative growth with -20.7% over the decade)). Besides, economically strong non-EU countries such as the US, China, and Japan are also in the top ten, with 3rd, 6th, and 9th positions respectively. Also, China is worth noting, as its interest in RCD protection has grown significantly: from 2010 to 2019 the number of applications from this country increased by 890.4%. These results show that companies are increasingly focusing on protecting the design of their products in European markets.
  • Global leaders in the design industry and commerce sectors accounted for 5.9% of all direct RCD applications. Among the 10 most active RCD applicants: Rieker Schuh and Nike are in the first 2 places, followed by Balmain in 3rd place. Other active EU companies are Bosch, EGLO Leuchten, Philips and BSH Hausgeräte, and non-EU companies include Apple, LG Electronics, and Samsung Electronics. It is noticeable that since 2007 the leader of the IT field Microsoft almost does not apply.
  • Between 2010 and 2019, more than 3,700 RCD invalidity proceedings were filed. The main reasons (87.7%) were that the contested designs lack novelty or do not possess individual character.
  • More than 507,000 RCD registrations have been renewed in the last 10 years.
  • The most frequently registered objects as RCDs are furniture (10.7% of all RCDs), in the second place are articles of clothing and haberdashery products (10.3%), and in the third place - recording, telecommunication or data processing equipment (8.2%). In the latter product group, the number of RCD applications grew the fastest, with an average annual growth rate of just over 9%.

The full EUIPO Design Focus studio can be viewed here: