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 is revised at regular intervals to reflect the latest technological developments.
The tenth edition has been in force since January 1, 2014.
A search engine is available to help you find the appropriate product names. Please note the information provided there.
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