Figurative elements of trade marks and purely figurative marks must be searchable, for example, to identify conflicting earlier trade marks. The International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks under the Vienna Agreement - the 'Vienna Classification' - solves this problem. The agreement establishing an international classification of figurative elements of marks was adopted at the “Vienna Diplomatic Conference” on 12 June 1973 and entered into force on 9 August 1985.
The Vienna Classification constitutes of a hierarchical system that proceeds from the general to the particular, dividing all figurative elements into 29 categories as well as diverse divisions and sections. In individual cases, explanatory notes have been added. The explanatory notes concern either the classification as a whole or any given category, division or section.
You can conduct a search for figurative elements of marks, for example, in DPMAregister.
- Wiener Klassifikation - Internationale Klassifikation der Bildbestandteile von Marken (3,42 MB) (German version of 8th edition, in force as from 1 January 2018, only available as PDF file)
Last updated: 22/02/18