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The Locarno Classification System

The Locarno Classification System is used as a means of classification for industrial designs. Designs are divided up in to classes based on the type of design or product.

Classifying designs under this system helps you to efficiently search the UK register and those in other countries using the same system.

The Locarno Classification System is based on an international agreement to standardise the classification of design applications, and is administered by WIPO (The World Intellectual Property Organization).

The treaty, called the "Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs", which came into being in 1968. and is open to those states who are party to the Paris Convention for the protection of industrial property.

You do not have to specify classes when you make a design application. We will do that for you as part of our examination of the application.