Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Locarno, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 27/04/1971

Category

Intellectual property

Sub category

Industrial designs

Groups

WIPO

What is it about?

The Locarno Agreement establishes a standardized nomenclature for the classification of industrial designs or models. State parties agree to adopt this nomenclature and to classify registered designs and models accordingly. Such a classification must be included in official documents for the deposit and registration of a design and listed in any publication that the office issues in respect to a deposit or registration. The Locarno Classification is solely of an administrative character, it does not offer any Intellectual Property protection and the usage of the classification depends on the discretion of the State parties.

Why is it relevant?

The Locarno Agreement facilitates the organization of industrial design records. This procedure allows for industrial design searches and eliminates reclassification work.

Additional Information

The Special Union created by the present Agreement is composed of an Assembly, the International Bureau of WIPO and a Committee of Experts. The Committee can revise and amend the international classifications found in the Annexes of the instrument. Countries that ratify this Agreement constitute a Special Union under the Union for the Protection of Industrial Property.

  • Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, (6 November 1925) 1. Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (1999) 2. Complementary Act of Stockholm (Stockholm, 14 July 1967) 3. Additional Act of Monaco (Monaco, 18 November 1961)

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Argentina09/02/2009
Armenia13/04/2007
Austria22/06/1990
Azerbaijan14/07/2003
Belarus24/04/1998
Belgium23/03/2004
Bosnia and Herzegovina01/03/1992
Bulgaria27/11/2000
China17/06/1996
Croatia08/10/1991
Cuba09/07/1998
Czech Republic01/01/1993
Democratic People's Republic of Korea06/03/1997
Denmark27/01/1971
Estonia31/07/1996
Finland15/02/1972
France11/06/1975
Germany25/07/1990
Greece04/06/1999
Guinea05/08/1996
Hungary28/09/1973
Iceland23/12/1994
Ireland09/07/1970
Italy02/05/1975
Japan24/06/2014
Kazakhstan07/08/2002
Kyrgyzstan10/09/1998
Latvia14/01/2005
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)08/09/1991
Malawi24/07/1995
Mexico26/10/2000
Moldova01/09/1997
Mongolia16/03/2001
Montenegro03/06/2006
Netherlands23/12/1976
Norway27/01/1971
Poland22/10/2013
Republic of Korea17/01/2011
Romania-
Russian Federation08/09/1972
Serbia16/10/1973
Slovakia01/01/1993
Slovenia25/06/1991
Spain10/08/1973
Sweden07/07/1970
Switzerland27/01/1971
Tajikistan25/12/1991
Trinidad and Tobago20/12/1995
Turkey30/08/1998
Turkmenistan07/03/2006
Ukraine07/04/2009
United Kingdom21/07/2003
Uruguay19/10/1999
Uzbekistan19/04/2006
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YearRatifications
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19965
19972
19984
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20092
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