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Hague Yearly Review 
International Registrations of Industrial Designs
WIPO Economics & Statistics Series
2012
 
Hague Yearly Review 
International Registrations o Industrial Designs
2012
WIPO Economics & Statistics Series
 
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F
Design is one orm o innovation and a key means o 
establishing a competitive advantage. It shapes the ob- jects we appreciate – rom traditional crats to consumer
electronics, and rom buildings and bicycles to ashion and
urniture. Design marries the practical with the pleasing.Proper protection o designs is especially important toenterprises or which unctional elements do not dier
signicantly rom product to product, but where appear-
ance is likely to be a major determinant in marketplace
success. The ierce competition in the smartphoneindustry oers a recent example o how design helps
companies to dierentiate their products rom those o their rivals.
Over 700,000 applications or industrial designs arefled around the world each year in various areas o 
industry and commerce. WIPO’s Hague System or the
International Registration o Industrial Designs oers
designers and companies a rapid, cost-eective route
or protecting their designs against unauthorized copying
and imitation in international markets. This publication provides statistical inormation on andanalysis o the use o the Hague system. It expands on
the system’s previous annual statistical report, oering a
new design, richer commentary on key trends and newstatistical indicators. Published in a new ormat and witha new title – the
Hague Yearly Review 
– we hope thatthis revamped report will interest users o the system,intellectual property ofces and the intellectual propertycommunity at large.Francis GURRY Director General

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