The Vienna classification is an international classification system of the figurative elements of trademarks. The system was established in 1973 by the Vienna Agreement and is managed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
Specifically, the Vienna classification is a hierarchical system that classifies the figurative elements of trademarks, into categories, subdivisions and sections. Relevant explanatory notes have been introduced regarding the categories in their entirety, the subdivisions or the sections.
The EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) uses the Vienna classification, adjusted to the special needs of EUIPO. The said classification is available through the search tool eSearch plus.
The Intellectual Property Section implements the Vienna classification and advices the applicants, during the preparation of their applications, to base the references to figurative elements on the Vienna classification.