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Apr 25, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 6/19)
WIPO
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Several Countries Will Not Accept Division or Merger of Request of Intl. Registration


BY, DE, IS, IR, KR, SE, US and VN will not Accept Division or Merger of Request of Intl. Registration
Belarus, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United States of America and Viet Nam have notified WIPO in accordance with new Rules 27ter(2)(b) and 40(6) of the Common Regulations, which entered into force on February 1, 2019.

According to the said notification:
- new Rule 27bis(1) of the Common Regulations, providing for the possibility to file a request for division, is not compatible with the laws of those Contracting Parties and does not apply to them; and,
- the laws of those Contracting Parties do not provide for the merger of registrations of a mark.

As a result, their respective Offices will not present to WIPO requests for the division of an international registration under new Rule 27bis(1) nor requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division under new Rule 27ter(2)(a).

For further information, please refer to Information Notices Nos. 37/2019 to 44/2019


AG, BH, BG, CN, CW, FR, GE, ID, LR, MX, SM, TH and UA will not Accept Division or Merger of Request of Intl. Registration
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, the territorial entity of Curaçao, France, Georgia, Indonesia, Liberia, Mexico, San Marino, Thailand and Ukraine have notified WIPO in accordance with new Rules 27bis(6) and 27ter(2)(b) of the Common Regulations, which entered into force on February 1, 2019.

Accordingly, new Rules 27bis(1) and 27ter(2)(a) of the Common Regulations do not apply to Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, the territorial entity of Curaçao, France, Georgia, Indonesia, Liberia, Mexico, San Marino, Thailand and Ukraine. As a result, their respective Offices will not present WIPO requests for the division of an international registration under new Rule 27bis(1) nor requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division under new Rule 27ter(2)(a).

For further information, please refer to Information Notices Nos. 24/2019 to 36/2019


Source: www.wipo.int