International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks (Vienna Classification)
The Vienna Classification (VCL) is an international classification set up by an Agreement concluded at a Diplomatic Conference held in Vienna in 1973: the Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks.
The Vienna Classification constitutes a hierarchical system that proceeds from the general to the particular, classifying the figurative elements of marks into categories, divisions and sections, on the basis of their shape.
The paper version of the new, 7th edition of the Vienna Classification in the authentic languages (English and French) has been published in June 2012. It may be ordered from the WIPO Electronic Bookshop. The 7th edition will enter into force on January 1, 2013.
The online version of the Vienna Classification, 7th edition, authentic texts in English and French, is now available