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Locarno Classification

How to classify designs

The Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs is a multilateral treaty adopted at the outcome of a conference held in Locarno in 1968.

The Locarno Classification allows to attribute designs in a largely uniform manner to different categories (classes of goods). This will help, for example, to avoid infringing third party rights. A search by classification items has the additional advantage of being language independent.

Just as for trade marks, a 'blanket' registration is not available for designs. When filing an application you must always indicate for which products your design is to be used. You must choose terms contained in the list of goods of the classification and indicate these terms in a standardised form and in the German language when applying for a German national design registration at the DPMA.

The Locarno Classification comprises 32 classes and 219 subclasses with detailed descriptions of goods.

The Locarno Classification is revised at regular intervals to reflect the latest technological developments.

The ninth edition has been in force since January 1, 2009.

Search facilities, more detailed information

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A search engine is available to help you find the appropriate product names. Please note the information provided there.

The contents of the pdf- Datei (5,04 MB) Einteilung der Klassen und Unterklassen sowie die Warenliste (list of classes and subclasses as well as the list of goods), published in Bundesanzeiger (Federal Gazette, www.bundesanzeiger.de), correspond to the ninth edition of the International Classification for Industrial Designs under the Locarno Agreement (Locarno Classification).

The Locarno Classification is adopted in two authentic versions, in English and French, and published by WIPO.

In addition to the publication in Bundesanzeiger (Federal Gazette) it contains the following sections:

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