Industrial Design Update

The Locarno Agreement is an international industrial design treaty. Its objective is to harmonize among its members, how industrial designs are classified for the purposes of registration. The Locarno Agreement uses classes and sub-classes to identify industrial designs. In this way, it is similar to the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks, which harmonizes how trademarks are classified for the purposes of registration and administration.

The Locarno Agreement will come into effect on March 20th 2020. Singapore is the most recent country to join the treaty, making it the 58th member. Canada is not a member to the Locarno Agreement. Other members to the treaty include Mexico, the United Kingdom, China and Japan.