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Okt 30, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 18/18)
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Recent Accessions to Key Legal IP Instruments



Malawi: Accession to Madrid Protocol
On September 25, 2018, the Government of Malawi deposited with WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, containing:

- the declaration extending the refusal period to 18 months and making it possible to notify refusals based on opposition after the expiry of that period (Article 5(2)(b) and (c) of the Madrid Protocol);
- the notification indicating that Malawi requires a declaration of intention to use the mark when Malawi is designated in an international application or a subsequent designation (Rule 7(2) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol);
- the notification indicating that the recording of licenses in the International Register shall have no effect in Malawi (Rule 20bis(6)(b) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol). Consequently, a license relating to an international registration shall be recorded in the national Register of the Office of Malawi in order to have effect in that Contracting Party.

The Madrid Protocol, this declaration and these notifications will enter into force, with respect to Malawi, on December 25, 2018.

Ivory Coast: Accession to Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement
WIPO informed that the Ivory Coast has accessed to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications ("Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement") on September 28, 2018.

The date of entry into force of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement will be notified when the required number of ratifications or accessions is reached in accordance with Article 29 of the said Treaty.

Peru: Accession to Singapore Treaty
WIPO notifies the accession of Peru to the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, adopted at Singapore on March 27, 2006.

In conformity with Article 28(3), the said Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Peru, on December 27, 2018.


Source: www.wipo.int