Notice of 1 January 2021
concerning the entry into force of the 13th edition of the Locarno Classification (classification for registered designs)
On 1 January 2021, the 13th edition of the International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Classification) and the official list of goods for designs of 2021 (13) came into force for all design registrations.
The German translation of the product terms contained in the 13th edition of the Locarno Classification is part of the alphabetical list of goods for designs, which was published together with the list of the classes and subclasses by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger).
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office has applied the 13th edition of the Locarno Classification to all design registrations since 1 January 2021. In addition, registered designs will be re-classified ex officio in the process of renewal if the classification of the product terms which are registered with respect to them has changed.
The Locarno Classification is reissued every two years. Major structural changes (changes of classes) are made in these editions only.
The official list of goods for designs is based on the currently valid edition of the Locarno Classification and also contains other permitted national entries. Updates with regard to new national entries, deletions and amendments to existing entries are carried out annually.
The current editions are also available on our webpage Designs.
For searching existing product terms the DPMA offers an online search engine (in German).
For the electronic filing of design applications by means of DPMAdirektWeb, the current list of goods for designs is provided when selecting the product indication. The current version of the list of goods is also available for the DPMAdirektPro software, provided the update function of the software is used.
Last updated: 4 January 2021