For national or international IP protection applicants MUST determine whether their creation is new and novel or similar to a creation owned/claimed by someone else. In order to determine this thorough research is conducted.
|Classification||Description||Established By||Revised By|
|International Patent Classification (IPC)||It is used to classify patents and utility models according to the different areas of technology pertaining.||Strasbourg Agreement in 1971||IPC Committee of Experts.|
|Locarno Classification (LOC)||It classifies goods for registration of industrial designs.||Locarno Agreement in 1968||Committee of Experts of the Locarno Union|
|Nice Classification (NCL)||It is international system for classifying goods and services for registering of marks.||Nice Agreement in 1957||Committee of Experts|
|Vienna Classification (VCL)||It classifies the figurative elements of marks into categories, divisions and sections according to their shape.||Vienna Agreement in 1973||Committee of Experts of the Vienna Union.|