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Nov 19, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 16/19)
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Accession to Several Treaties by Various Countries

Accession to Lisbon Agreement by Dominican Republic

On October 17, 2019, WIPO notified the accession to the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration of October 31, 1958, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and amended on September 28, 1979 ("Lisbon Agreement") by the Dominican Republic.

The said instrument contained the following declarations:
- that for the purposes of the application of the Lisbon Agreement in the Dominican Republic, "… the applicable guiding principle shall be that priority for the national registration of a prior trademark shall confer rights enforceable against the application for registration of a subsequent Appellation of International Origin using the same trademark. Similarly, terms that have become generic may not be eligible for registration as Appellations of International Origin under the Lisbon Agreement; and
- likewise, Appellations of International Origin composed of compound terms for which registration is sought under the Lisbon Agreement may be registered either in their entirety, or registration may be granted for only one term, having due regard to the prior existence of similar terms in the national register…".

The said Agreement will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Albania, January 17, 2020.


Accession to Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement by North Korea

WIPO informed that North Korea has accessed to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications ("Geneva Act") on October 8, 2019.

The Geneva Act will enter into force three months after the accession of five eligible parties.

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Accession to Singapore Treaty by Trinidad and Tobago

WIPO notifies the accession of Trinidad and Tobago 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 Trinidad and Tobago, on January 4, 2020.


Accession to Hague Agreement on International Registration of Industrial Designs by Israel

On October 3, 2019, the Government of Israel deposited with WIPO its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, adopted at Geneva on July 2, 1999 (the "Geneva Act").

The Geneva Act will enter into force, with respect to the State of Israel, on January 3, 2020.