The U.N. Economic Commission of Europe has launched a platform that provides traceability and transparency solutions for tracking any garment or item of footwear.
The latest application metrics by the Geneva-based WIPO show that fashion and beauty companies worldwide were active filers.
Foreign direct investment in the retail/apparel sector fell by more than 50 percent and is expected to decline again in 2021, a U.N. study said.
An ILO report warns a second wave of the coronavirus could derail an economic recovery in the second half of 2020.
A U.N. agency projects global trade overall in value terms will contract by 27 percent in the second quarter.
The retail and wholesale sector has been the hardest hit globally, according to the International Labour Organization.
Quarantine measures and factory and retail store closures have significantly suppressed consumer demand, leading to sharp cutbacks in orders.
The retail, travel and tourism sectors are seen as especially vulnerable to job losses as a result of the crisis.
A U.N. report estimated that the total impact on exports in global value chains from the virus will be up to $50 billion.
The increase in fashion applications worldwide stems from companies’ desire to protect their trademarks, officials at the World Intellectual Property Organization said.