Iran recently ratified its instrument of accession to the Locarno Agreement, which establishes a classification for industrial designs. The Agreement is expected to enter into force on July 12, 2018.

By way of background, the Locarno Agreement stipulates procedures for establishing, amending and additionally creating international classification for industrial designs. The Locarno Classification consists of 32 classes and 219 subclasses, in which about 7,000 items are classified.

Contracting states in the Middle East and North Africa are Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.