Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Vienna, Austria
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 09/08/1985

Category

Intellectual property

Sub category

Trademarks

Groups

WIPO

What is it about?

The Vienna classification created by this Agreement is a standardized system used to classify the figurative elements of marks. It is inspired largely by the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks and the Agreement on International Patent Classification. Under the Vienna classification, a mark is examined for its figurative elements. These elements are then categorized, first broadly (such as human beings), then in specific divisions (men) and finally in even further revised sections (sailors). A code is then assigned. There are 29 categories, 144 divisions, 775 main sections and 1112 auxiliary sections. State parties are required to detail these marks in their official publications of mark renewal and classification. The Vienna Agreement has a technical character and is not concerned with trademark protection.

Why is it relevant?

The Vienna Classification allows State parties to register figurative elements using a single classification system. This procedure simplifies trademark searches and eliminates re-classification work when documents are exchanged at the international level. States no longer need to have their own national classification system or spend money to keep it updated.

Additional Information

This Agreement created a Union, which is composed of an Assembly, the International Bureau of WIPO and a Committee of Experts, responsible for deciding any changes to bring to the international classification.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Armenia06/12/2004
Austria27/07/1999
Bosnia and Herzegovina19/01/2012
Bulgaria27/11/2000
Croatia09/02/2006
Cuba18/04/1997
France09/05/1985
Guinea05/08/1996
Jamaica07/11/2005
Jordan14/08/2008
Kyrgyzstan10/09/1998
Luxembourg09/05/1985
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)26/02/2010
Malaysia28/06/2007
Mexico26/10/2000
Moldova01/09/1997
Montenegro09/12/2011
Netherlands09/05/1985
Poland04/12/1996
Republic of Korea17/01/2011
Romania30/03/1998
Saint Lucia25/09/2001
Serbia15/07/2009
Slovenia10/05/2001
Sweden09/05/1985
Trinidad and Tobago20/12/1995
Tunisia09/08/1985
Turkey01/10/1995
Turkmenistan07/03/2006
Ukraine29/04/2009
United Kingdom11/06/2013
Uruguay19/10/1999
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19855
19952
19962
19972
19982
19992
20002
20012
20041
20051
20062
20071
20081
20092
20101
20112
20121
20131
Total32
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