Applications for Design Protection Filed through the Hague System Showed some Resilience in 2020 in the Face of COVID-19

March 10, 2021

New data released by WIPO shows that the total number of international design applications filed through the Hague System dipped (only) by 1.8% in 2020 – compared with an estimated drop in global GDP of 3.5%. However, the number of designs included within applications went down by 15% – the first decline since 2006.


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