DesignClass integrated in EUIPO’s design e-filing

DesignClass is the online search tool for harmonised product indications and has been designed to help users find product indications in the Harmonised Database that best match the goods to which a design applies.

With its integration in EUIPO’s e-filing, users will be able to reap the benefits of the Harmonised Database of Product Indications (HDBPI). Learn more about these benefits on EUIPO's website here.

DesignClass has also been integrated in other search systems with a design component, such as DesignView and eSearch Case Law.

San Marino joins TMview and Designview

As of 16 October 2017, The Patents and Trademarks Office of the Republic of San Marino (USBM) has made its trade mark and design data available to the TMview and Designview search tools.

With the addition of the USBM data base, TMview now contains data from 60 participating offices and Designview from 58 offices.

Designview contains more than 12.4 million designs, including almost 400 from USBM. Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010, the tool has served more than 34.7 million searches from 157 different countries, while Designview has served more than 2.9 million searches from 158 different countries, with users from Germany, the UK and Spain among the most frequent users since its launch in 2012.

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Germany joins DesignView

As of 7 August 2017, design data from the German Patent and Trade Mark Office has been made available to the DesignView search tool.

The addition of more than one and a half million German industrial designs brings the total number of designs in the database to over 12 million.

Since the introduction of DesignView in November 2012, it has grown to become the world’s largest free, online, searchable design database, containing design data from 55 intellectual property offices across the world.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina joins Designview

As of 12 June 2017, the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina (IIP-BIH) has made its industrial design data available to the Designview search tool.

This latest extension brings the total number of offices participating in Designview to 55 and is now available in 35 languages. With the addition of more than 700 designs from IIP-BIH, Designview now provides information and access to more than 10,4 million designs in total.

Since the introduction of Designview on 19 November 2012, the tool has served more than 2,6 million searches from 146 different countries, with Germany, Spain and the UK among the most frequent users.

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WIPO releases 2016 global statistics on IP filings

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published the statistics on international patent, trade mark and design applications in 2016. The numbers show that last year was a record year for international patent applications and reveals a strong demand for trade marks and designs.

In patents, 233,000 applications were filed in 2016 through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system. Germany is the only European country in the top-five patent applicants by taking the fourth place behind the USA, Japan and China. The second-best European country, France, holds the seventh position in the ranking.

In trade marks, 52,550 applications were filed under the Madrid System, meaning a 7.2% increase in comparison to 2015. The top applicants in this area are the USA, Germany, France, China and Switzerland. The European Union was the second most designated member after China.

In designs filed through the Hague System, the total number of applications were 18,716, this time dominated by the European countries Germany and Switzerland, then the Republic of Korea, the USA and the Netherlands. The European Union was the most designated member in the Hague System applications last year.


For more information regarding the WIPO statistics, please read the WIPO dedicated pages here together with the infographics.

Please check our fact sheet "Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation" for more information.


Improved image recognition in eSearch plus

eSearch plus is the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s most popular database allowing users to search for European Union trade marks and registered community designs.

In November 2015, a new image recognition feature in beta was introduced to search for images with a quick and simple ‘drag-and-drop’ function. After nearly a year of successful implementation, eSearch plus now features an improved algorithm based on deep learning technology that combines visual similarity and object recognition to improve the ranking of search results using codes of the Vienna classification (international classification of the figurative elements of trade marks).

Further information is available here.


New Guidelines for Examination of EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs

The first part of the revised European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Guidelines has been adopted and will enter into force on February 1, 2017.

These Guidelines, which reflect EUIPO's practice in the most frequent scenarios, are the main point of reference for users of the European Union trade mark and design systems. 

This revised version has been fully updated with case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union and from the EUIPO’s Board of Appeal, thus increasing consistency of trade mark and design practice as well as legal certainty for users. 

Further information is available here.


The DesignEuropa Awards: the winners

The DesignEuropa Awards ceremony, organised by the European Union Intellectual Property Office, took place on 30th November in Milan.These awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders. The judges’ main selection criteria are:

  • aesthetic value and visual appeal of the submitted designs;
  • the submitted designs’ demonstrable impact in the market;
  • sound marketing and management of design and other intellectual property rights.

The two winners this year were the Flap sound-absorbing panel, in the Small and Emerging Companies category and the Thule Urban Glide jogging stroller in the Industry category.

Furthermore, Giorgetto Giugiaro, the designer primarily known for his work in the car industry, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Further information can be found here.


The DesignEuropa Awards finalists announced

The finalists of the first DesignEuropa Awards were revealed yesterday by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the Industry and Small and Emerging Companies categories. 

The jury, drawn from the fields of business, design and intellectual property, announced four finalists for each of the two categories together with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Giorgetto Giugiaro.

The award winners will be revealed on November 30, at the DesignEuropa Awards ceremony in Milan.

The DesignEuropa Awards are organised by EUIPO for the first time this year to celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders.

Please click here to see the finalist designs.