Design statistics

Here you will find key figures and information on design protection at the IPI. Designs are new, creative forms that can be protected by registering them with the IPI. This includes two-dimensional designs such as fabric patterns or bottle labels as well as shapes of watches, lamps and chairs. In 2020, most registrations were in the ‘clocks, watches and other measuring instruments’ category.



In 2020, the IPI received the most design applications for the category ‘furniture’.


In 2020, the IPI received the most design applications for the category ‘furniture’.


Designs in 2020


Figures apply to the period of Jan 1–Dec 31 2020.


(1) Explanation for the separation of IP rights (design registrations) and objects. In their request, the applicant can list several objects from the same product category. In the ‘furnishing’ category, a company can include a table, chair, sideboard, etc. within a single request. On average, each application includes three objects.


Top 5 design categories (2020)

1. Möbel (64)
2. Verpackungen (52)
3. Uhren und Messinstrumente (52)
4. Haushaltartikel (39)
5. Sanitäre-, Heizungs- und Lüftungsanlagen


Top 5 design categories (2020)

Most designs registered with the IPI were for the category 'furniture'. The ‘packaging’ and ‘watches and measuring instruments' (Class 14, Locarno Agreement) categories followed in second and third place.


Design protection in annual comparison

  2020 2019 2018 2017

Design registrations

613 IP rights for

2 080 objects

705 IP rights for

2 852 objects

704 IP rights for

2 529 objects

809 IP rights for

3 053 objects

Total active designs in Switzerland

9 212 IP rights for

31 872 objects

9 433 IP rights for

32 416 objects

9 530 IP rights for

30 000 objects


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