International Classification for Industrial Designs
The Locarno Agreement establishes a classification for industrial designs, from which the contracting states must indicate the classes and subclasses to which designs belong. This must also be done in any publication the offices issue in respect of the deposit or registration of industrial designs. The Agreement is open to States party to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. The Locarno Classification comprises an alphabetical list of goods which constitute industrial designs, with an indication of the classes and subclasses into which they fall. The 11th edition of the Locarno Classification entered into force in January 2017, and replaces all previous editions.
Countries / Organisations that use the Locarno Classification:
Locarno Agreement Contracting Countries:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Democratic People’s Republic of Korea|
|Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|Republic of Korea|
|Republic of Moldova|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia|
Registered Designs protect the appearance of an Article:
The distinct shape and design of Devices, Gadgets, Machines and / or Products such as Vehicle Parts, Tyres, Shoes, Clothing, Appliances, Stationary, Mobile Phones, Handbags, Furniture.
Patents protect the underlying Invention of an Article:
Processes or methods for producing a results, Gadgets (Non-Electronic, electronic, electrical, mechanical), Machines, Manufactured Articles, New Compositions, Biotechnology (Medical, Scientific or Microbiological Processes), and Chemical or Pharmaceutical Compounds.
Trade Marks protect the identity of your Brand:
Names, Logos, Slogans, Three-dimensional Marks, Colors, Holograms, Motions / Multimedia, Positions, Gestures, Olfactory (smells / scents), Sounds / Tunes, Tastes, Textures.
Copyright protects original works that were created by an Author:
Literary Works (novels, poems, textbooks, letters, reports, lectures, speeches), Musical Works, Artistic Works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs), Cinematograph Films / Videos, Sound Recordings, Broadcasts , Programme-carrying Signals, Published Editions of Books, and Computer Programs.