WIPO Unit Seeks Updated Trademark Treaty

A negotiating committee at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is seeking an update of the existing Trademark Law Treaty (TLT), which governs international trademark rules.

LONDON--A negotiating committee at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is seeking an update of the existing Trademark Law Treaty (TLT), which governs international trademark rules.

The 10-year-old TLT is no longer adapted to today's world, and the update will "bring it in line with the technological advances of the past decade," according the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs & Geographical Indications (SCT).

SCT's suggestions span the electronic filing of trademark applications and associated communications, the recording of trademark licenses, and the establishment of an assembly of the contracting parties.

The TLT was adopted in 1994 to streamline and simplify, on a worldwide basis, administrative procedures relating to national and regional trademark applications and the maintenance of trademark registrations. Thirty-one member countries adhere to the TLT.

The STC suggests that a Diplomatic Conference be held under the aegis of WIPO in the first half of 2006 to update the TLT.

The issue will be discussed Sept. 27-Oct. 5 at the WIPO General Assembly meeting in Geneva.
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