Trademark Law Treaty
- Type: Convention
- Date of signature: 27/10/1994
- Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
- Depositary: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
- Date of entry into force: 01/08/1996
What is it about?
The registration of a trademark in several states or in a region can be a repetitive and complex process. The 1994 Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) facilitates this process by encouraging states and regional bodies to harmonize and simplify their trademark registration procedures. The provisions of the TLT regulate applications for registration, changes after registration and renewal; they simplify the procedure for authorizing powers of attorney and revise documentation requirements. This Treaty does not apply to hologram marks and to marks not consisting of visible signs, in particular, sound marks and olfactory marks.
Why is it relevant?
The implementation of simplified and uniform procedures reduces the costs linked to the registration of trademarks and the risk of error.
All WIPO member States that possess a national registration office may become a party to the present treaty. Intergovernmental organizations can equally adhere under certain conditions.
- Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks (Vienna, 12 June 1973)
- Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Madrid, 28 June 1989)
- Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice, 15 June 1957)
- Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Madrid, 14 April 1891)