Trademark Law Treaty

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 01/08/1996

Category

Intellectual property

Sub category

Trademarks

Groups

WIPO

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.

Additional Information

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.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Australia21/10/1997
Bahrain18/12/2006
Belgium28/06/2004
Bosnia and Herzegovina22/09/2006
Burkina Faso09/05/1997
Chile05/05/2011
Colombia13/01/2012
Croatia04/04/2006
Cyprus17/01/1997
Czech Republic03/04/1996
Denmark28/10/1997
Dominican Republic13/09/2011
Egypt07/07/1999
El Salvador14/08/2008
Estonia07/10/2002
France15/09/2006
Germany16/07/2004
Guinea05/08/1996
Honduras22/01/2008
Hungary26/08/1998
Indonesia05/06/1997
Ireland13/07/1999
Italy26/01/2011
Japan01/01/1997
Kazakhstan07/08/2002
Kyrgyzstan15/05/2002
Latvia28/09/1999
Liechtenstein17/12/1997
Lithuania27/01/1998
Luxembourg11/05/2012
Moldova19/12/1995
Monaco27/06/1996
Montenegro03/06/2006
Morocco06/04/2009
Netherlands19/09/1996
Nicaragua22/06/2009
Oman16/07/2007
Panama07/06/2012
Peru06/08/2009
Republic of Korea25/11/2002
Romania28/04/1998
Russian Federation11/02/1998
Serbia15/06/1998
Slovakia09/04/1997
Slovenia26/02/2002
Spain17/12/1998
Sri Lanka06/03/1996
Switzerland01/02/1997
Trinidad and Tobago16/01/1998
Turkey01/10/2004
Ukraine30/01/1996
United Kingdom01/05/1996
United States of America12/05/2000
Uzbekistan04/06/1998
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19951
19967
199710
19988
19993
20001
20025
20043
20065
20071
20082
20093
20113
20123
Total55
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