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Your Design Patent application must include a list of all articles which you want to register your designs with. You must list the articles in the class or classes they fall into. You should also state the number of class they fall into. Below is the general classification under the Locarno Classification (11th Edition) by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) which guide you how to find out the classes that your articles fall into.

 

Locarno Classification List
The International Classification for Industrial Designs (“the Locarno Classification”) published by the World Intellectual Property Organization is the system adopted for classifying design articles. For details of the Locarno Classification, please refer to the website at http://www.wipo.int/classifications/en.

 

The class and sub-class of the registered design records show the classification at the time of registration of the registered designs. They are not re-classified in accordance with the latest edition of the Locarno classification published by WIPO. The Locarno Classification is “solely of an administrative character”; it facilitates design searches and obviates substantial reclassification work when documents are exchanged at the international level.

 

According to the Locarno Classification, Class 32 sub-class 00 is the class to which the items “graphic symbols and logos, surface patterns, ornamentation” belong. Under section 2 of the Registered Designs Ordinance (Cap. 522), “design” is defined as “features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by any industrial process …” and “article” means “any article of manufacture and includes any part of an article if that part is made and sold separately”.

 

Accordingly, if you wish to apply for registration of a design in respect of “graphic symbols and logos, surface patterns, ornamentation” (or any of the above items), you need to specify the article(s) to which the relevant Class 32 sub-class 00 items are to be applied and state the class and sub-class of the article(s) in accordance with the Locarno Classification. For example, if you wish to seek registration of a design in respect of an “ornamentation” and the ornamentation is to be applied to handbags, the article and the classification may be stated as “ornamentation for handbags” and “3-01” respectively in Application Form D1 instead of “ornamentation” and “32-00” respectively.

 

If you file an application for registration of design and wish to claim priority in your application based on a previous application for registration of the same design filed in a Paris Convention country or a World Trade Organization member, you are required to specify the article and the class in your application form as mentioned in the preceding paragraph even if such previous application is classified in Class 32 sub-class 00.

 

 

LIST OF CLASSES

Class 1
FOODSTUFFS

Class 2
ARTICLES OF CLOTHING AND HABERDASHERY

Class 3
TRAVEL GOODS, CASES, PARASOLS AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED

Class 4
BRUSHWARE

Class 5
TEXTILE PIECEGOODS, ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL SHEET MATERIAL

Class 6
FURNISHING

Class 7
HOUSEHOLD GOODS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED

Class 8
TOOLS AND HARDWARE

Class 9
PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS FOR THE TRANSPORT OR HANDLING OF GOODS

Class 10
CLOCKS AND WATCHES AND OTHER MEASURING INSTRUMENTS, CHECKING AND SIGNALLING INSTRUMENTS

Class 11
ARTICLES OF ADORNMENT

Class 12
MEANS OF TRANSPORT OR HOISTING

Class 13
EQUIPMENT FOR PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION OR TRANSFORMATION OF ELECTRICITY

Class 14
RECORDING, COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION RETRIEVAL EQUIPMENT

Class 15
MACHINES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED

Class 16
PHOTOGRAPHIC, CINEMATOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

Class 17
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Class 18
PRINTING AND OFFICE MACHINERY

Class 19
STATIONERY AND OFFICE EQUIPMENT, ARTISTS’ AND TEACHING MATERIALS

Class 20
SALES AND ADVERTISING EQUIPMENT, SIGNS

Class 21
GAMES, TOYS, TENTS AND SPORTS GOODS

Class 22
ARMS, PYROTECHNIC ARTICLES, ARTICLES FOR HUNTING, FISHING AND PEST KILLING

Class 23
FLUID DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT, SANITARY, HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT, SOLID FUEL

Class 24
MEDICAL AND LABORATORY EQUIPMENT

Class 25
BUILDING UNITS AND CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS

Class 26
LIGHTING APPARATUS

Class 27
TOBACCO AND SMOKERS’ SUPPLIES

Class 28
PHARMACEUTICAL AND COSMETIC PRODUCTS, TOILET ARTICLES AND APPARATUS

Class 29
DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT AGAINST FIRE HAZARDS, FOR ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND FOR RESCUE

Class 30
ARTICLES FOR THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ANIMALS

Class 31
MACHINES AND APPLIANCES FOR PREPARING FOOD OR DRINK NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED

Class 32
GRAPHIC SYMBOLS AND LOGOS, SURFACE PATTERNS, ORNAMENTATION

 

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