On the 1st January 2017 a new edition of the „Locarno Classification“- international classification used for the purposes of the registration of industrial designs – has entered into force.
The new edition is available on the website of the World Intellectual Property Office and will be applied to all the international applications filed on/after the above-mentioned date. However, the classification has merely administrative purposes, thus is not binding for the contracting parties.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office – EUIPO – uses a list of products which is based on the Locarno Classification and is called „Eurolocarno“. The office advises the applicants to always use the terms from the Locarno Classification or from Eurolocarno in their design applications.