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 2018, most registrations were in the ‘clocks, watches and other measuring instruments’ category.



The IPI received the most design applications for the ‘clocks, watches and other measuring instruments’ category — for the third year running.


Designs in 2018


Figures apply to the period of Jan 1–Dec 31 2018.


(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 (2018)


For the third year running, most designs registered with the IPI were in the ‘clocks, watches and other measuring instruments’ category. The ‘furnishing’ and ‘packaging’ categories followed in second and third place.


Design protection in annual comparison

Design registrations704 IP rights
for 2529 objects

809 IP rights for 3053 objects

861 IP rights for 2577 objects
Total active designs in Switzerland as per end of 2018
9530 IP rights for 30 000 objects--
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