The Industrial Design Forum (ID5) brings together the world’s five largest industrial design offices: the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) participates as an observer. Together, these five intellectual property (IP) offices represent approximately 75% of the world’s annual industrial design application filings.
The ID5 acts as an incubator for the development of industrial design policy and the identification of best practices and procedures. The USPTO works through the ID5 to ensure that effective industrial design protection exists for designs in all technologies, to improve consistency in design examination policies and practices, and to focus global efforts to identify the needs and challenges of the design community through stakeholder outreach and information sharing.
- ID5 website
- ID5 publication: Summary of the accomplishments of the ID5. An incubator for a modern industrial design system: 2015–2020 (January 2022)
- USPTO blog: The growing importance of international cooperation to the protection of industrial designs (March 2021)
- USPTO bulletin: The state of international cooperation on industrial design: A report on the 2021 annual meeting of the ID5 (January 2022)