World Intellectual Property Organization

Procedure for States

States desiring to communicate, under Article 6ter(3)(a) of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of March 20, 1883, as amended, to the other States party to the Convention and to the Members of the World Trade Organization the list of armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems, and official signs and hallmarks indicating control and warranty that they wish to have protected under Article 6ter(1)(a) of the Convention, should take the following steps:

1. Send the following by e-mail to the International Bureau of WIPO for its comments to article6ter@wipo.int:

  • a draft request for communication  under Article 6ter(3)(a) of the Paris Convention of the armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems, and official signs and hallmarks indicating control and warranty that the State wishes to have protected under Article 6ter(1)(a), presented on behalf of the competent national authorities; DOC, draft request for communication
  • a draft reproduction of the armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems, and official signs and hallmarks indicating control and warranty for which protection is sought. DOC, draft reproduction

2. Once the draft request and the draft reproduction of the signs for which protection is sought are found to be in order for communication, send to the International Bureau of WIPO:

  • an official request for communication. This request for communication should reach the International Bureau of WIPO no later than one month before the date of the semi-annual electronic communication on the last working day in March and September of each year. Official requests received during the one-month period prior to the semi-annual publication will not be included in that publication, but published as part of the following semi-annual publication;
  • attach to the request a reproduction on paper, of the armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems, and official signs and hallmarks indicating control and warranty for which protection is requested.

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