Singapore Joins Locarno Agreement as 58th Member

December 19, 2019

Singapore has joined the Locarno Agreement as the 58th member of the international classification system for industrial designs.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry on December 19, 2019, received Singapore’s instrument of accession to the Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Singapore to the World Trade Organization and World Intellectual Property Organization, Hung Seng Tan. The Locarno Agreement will enter into force in Singapore on March 19, 2020.

Video: Mr. Gurry congratulates Singapore for its accession to the Locarno Agreement.

About the Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs

The Locarno Agreement establishes a classification for industrial designs (the Locarno Classification). Intellectual property offices indicate in official documents and publications relating to the deposit or registration of industrial designs the numbers of the classes and subclasses of the Classification into which the goods that constitute the industrial designs belong.

The Locarno Classification comprises:

  • A list of classes and subclasses;
  • An alphabetical list of goods which constitute industrial designs, with an indication of the classes and subclasses into which they fall; and
  • Explanatory notes.