E wo/pbc/23/3 original: english date: june 4, 2015 Program and Budget Committee Twenty-Third Session Geneva, July 13 to 17, 2015


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  1. The global infrastructure of IP systems increasingly needs interlinked and interoperable platforms and databases. International classifications and standards are crucial tools and instruments to bridge various IP Offices working in different systems and languages, and to enable data to flow between Offices and on common platforms and databases. With technologies, business solutions and collaborative arrangements of IP Offices constantly evolving, International Classifications and WIPO Standards also need to be dynamically updated and refined.

  1. Against this background, WIPO aims at providing Member States with the most updated and globally accepted system of international classifications and WIPO standards to facilitate access, use and dissemination of IP information among various stakeholders worldwide. In that respect, the activities of this Program are linked to DA Recommendations 30 and 31.


  1. Strategies in the 2016/17 biennium will focus on further improving and developing International Classifications and Standards through extensive use of e-fora, on-line conferences and physical meetings of the respective Committees. Actions will be taken to increase the awareness of Classifications and Standards amongst all groups of users. In that respect, demand-driven training will be provided for the use of Classifications and Standards, in particular in developing countries.

IPC (International Patent Classification)

  1. Enhancement of the IPC will continue within the framework of the IPC Revision Roadmap adopted by the IPC Committee of Experts in 2013. The Roadmap aims at developing the IPC in those technical areas where a large amount of patent applications, with an increased growth rate, is submitted in emerging countries. Under the auspices of the Committee of Experts, WIPO will closely facilitate and monitor the implementation of the Roadmap and will train IP Office officials to allow for a wider participation in the IPC revision process. The international cooperation on reclassification of patent documents, according to the latest version of the IPC, will be enhanced and entirely administered by WIPO. WIPO will further promote and facilitate wider use of the IPC system through assistance in the implementation of national translations of the IPC.

Nice Classification (list of goods and services for registration of trademarks)

  1. Enhancement of the Nice Classification will continue under the auspices of the Nice Committee of Experts. Emphasis will be given to ensuring that the list of goods and services takes due account of the specificities of emerging markets and the speedier integration in the list of goods and services of new widely-used indications. This will be achieved by closely monitoring the Madrid and national databases, and by removing obsolete indications through a planned streamlined revision management system. The development of a seamless platform for the Nice listed goods and services and the Madrid Goods and Services Manager database will be advanced. WIPO will actively participate in regional and international cooperation initiatives related to trademark classification to facilitate the introduction of widely accepted practices into the Nice Classification. Self-explanatory material and interactive training courses on how to classify will be further developed and made available on-line. IP Offices will be more closely involved in these processes.

Vienna Classification (figurative elements of trademarks) and Locarno Classification (Industrial Designs)

  1. The new publication platforms for Vienna and Locarno Classifications, following the example of the Nice Classification, will be finalized. IP Offices will be more closely involved in the revision process of Vienna and Locarno Classifications. Following the decision of the Locarno Committee of Experts in fall 2015, the Locarno subclasses will be further subdivided in order to allow more efficient searching in design databases. Self-explanatory material and interactive training courses on how to classify will be developed and made available on-line.

WIPO Standards

  1. WIPO Standards provide a basis for the processing, transmission, exchange, dissemination and sharing of IP information and documentation. In developing new WIPO Standards, or revising existing Standards, WIPO will coordinate with IP Offices in a more flexible and efficient way in order to better respond to users’ needs and requests. Further use of electronic means for the revision and adoption of Standards will also be promoted. The revision of existing Standards will include the updating of XML Standards (for a better structured digital data format) and of relevant tools to facilitate their use, whereas the development of new Standards will address the dissemination and exchange of patent legal status information and data on new types of trademarks. WIPO will continue collaboration with IP Offices in order to publish up-to-date information on their practices related to WIPO Standards and will assist the Offices in the implementation of WIPO Standards. WIPO Standards and related surveys will be accessible from IP databases in a more efficient manner.

ICT systems for International Classifications and Standards

  1. The ICT systems for managing International Classifications and Standards will be upgraded and consolidated. New tools will be developed to increase the efficiency of the international cooperation in the reclassification of patent documents. Revision management systems will be developed for the Nice, Vienna and Locarno Classifications in order to facilitate control of the respective data by WIPO, allow more efficient exchanges with IP Offices during the revision process and foster cost and time-efficiency in the regular publication of the Classifications. The publication of the Standards and surveys will be reviewed to allow better integration with IP information databases.

  1. Program 12 collaborates primarily with other Programs as illustrated below:




Divergent opinions between groups of countries result in limitation of technical development of standards and classifications.

Discuss and resolve political issues outside of the Committees. Strengthen the technical discussions within the Committees. Monitor the implementation of long term plans.

Undertake training missions in developing countries, in particular at regional level, to increase awareness on classifications and standards. Take into account regional needs in the development of classifications and standards


Expected Results

Performance Indicators



IV.1 Updated and globally accepted system of international classifications and WIPO standards to facilitate access, use and dissemination of IP information among stakeholders in the world

No. of amendments and information files introduced into the Nice Classification

570 amendments in English and French,

50 new or amended info files (2014)

Increase compared to baseline

No. of new subdivisions introduced into the IPC per year

337 new groups (2014)

Increase compared to baseline

No. of amended and new standards adopted

Two new standards (2014)

Increase compared to baseline

No. of users accessing the Internet publications of international classifications and standards, in particular from developing countries

NicePub: 2,587,788
Locarno Home: 44,557
Vienna Home: 29,596
IPCPub: 1,170,000
WIPO Standards(Handbook): 66,399

5% increase compared to baseline


  1. A slight decrease can be observed in the overall resources for the Program in 2016/17 compared to the 2014/15 Budget after Transfers. Non-personnel resources in 2016/17 are maintained at the level of the 2014/15 Budget after Transfers. The decrease in personnel resources is due to the transfer of one post to Program 15 (Business Solutions for IP Offices) to reinforce the support to IP Offices globally.

Program 12: Resources by Result

(In thousands of Swiss francs)

Program 12: Resources by Object of Expenditure

(In thousands of Swiss francs)

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