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International Classification for Industrial Designs

The Locarno Agreement concerning the International Classification of products for the purposes of the registration of designs is an international agreement under the aegis of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.Links to external website

Its purpose as the name suggests, is to provide an internationally recognised classification system of products in respect of which designs may be registered. Ireland is a member of the Nice Union of countries and this Office applies the classification system to the registration of Designs.

Under the Locarno ClassificationLinks to external website, products are categorised in classes each of which relate to a particular field of related products, consequently it is possible to search  designs databases using products as the search criteria. The classification system is regularly updated to take account of changes and advances in commercial practices.