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CHAPTER 5
RENEWALS

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Rule 23
Unofficial Notice of Expiration

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      Six months before the expiration of a five-year term, the International Bureau shall send to the holder and his representative a notice indicating the date of expiration of the international registration. The fact that the said notice is not received shall not constitute an excuse for failure to comply with any time limit under Rule 24.

Rule 24
Details Concerning Renewal

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      (1) [Fees]  (a)  The international registration shall be renewed upon payment of the following fees:

      (i) a basic fee;

      (ii) a standard designation fee in respect of each designated Contracting Party that has not made a declaration under Article 7(2) and for which the international registration is to be renewed;

      (iii) an individual designation fee for each designated Contracting Party that has made a declaration under Article 7(2) and for which the international registration is to be renewed.

      (b) The amounts of the fees referred to in items (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (a) are set out in the Schedule of Fees.

      (c) The payment of the fees referred to in subparagraph (a) shall be made at the latest on the date on which the renewal of the international registration is due. However, it may still be made within six months from the date on which the renewal of the international registration is due, provided that the surcharge specified in the Schedule of Fees is paid at the same time.

[Rule 24(1), continued]

      (d) If any payment made for the purposes of renewal is received by the International Bureau earlier than three months before the date on which the renewal of the international registration is due, it shall be considered as having been received three months before that date.

      (2) [Further Details]  (a)  Where the holder does not wish to renew the international registration

      (i) in respect of a designated Contracting Party, or

      (ii) in respect of any of the industrial designs that are the subject of the international registration,

      payment of the required fees shall be accompanied by a statement indicating the Contracting Party or the numbers of the industrial designs for which the international registration is not to be renewed.

(b) Where the holder wishes to renew the international registration in respect of a designated Contracting Party notwithstanding the fact that the maximum period of protection for industrial designs in that Contracting Party has expired, payment of the required fees, [Rule 24(2)(b), continued]

including the standard designation fee or the individual designation fee, as the case may be, for that Contracting Party, shall be accompanied by a statement that the renewal of the international registration is to be recorded in the International Register in respect of that Contracting Party.

      (c) Where the holder wishes to renew the international registration in respect of a designated Contracting Party notwithstanding the fact that a refusal is recorded in the International Register for that Contracting Party in respect of all the industrial designs concerned, payment of the required fees, including the standard designation fee or the individual designation fee, as the case may be, for that Contracting Party, shall be accompanied by a statement that the renewal of the international registration is to be recorded in the International Register in respect of that Contracting Party.

      (d) The international registration may not be renewed in respect of any designated Contracting Party in respect of which an invalidation has been recorded for all the industrial designs under Rule 20 or in respect of which a renunciation has been recorded under Rule 21. The international registration may not be renewed in respect of any designated Contracting Party for those industrial designs in respect of which an invalidation in that Contracting Party has been recorded under Rule 20 or in respect of which a limitation has been recorded under Rule 21.

      [Rule 24, continued]

      (3) [Insufficient Fees]  (a)  If the amount of the fees received is less than the amount required for renewal, the International Bureau shall promptly notify at the same time both the holder and the representative, if any, accordingly. The notification shall specify the missing amount.

      (b) If the amount of the fees received is, on the expiry of the period of six months referred to in paragraph (1)(c), less than the amount required for renewal, the International Bureau shall not record the renewal, shall refund the amount received and shall notify accordingly the holder and the representative, if any.

Rule 25
Recordal of the Renewal; Certificate

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      (1) [Recordal and Effective Date of the Renewal]  Renewal shall be recorded in the International Register with the date on which renewal was due, even if the fees required for renewal are paid within the period of grace referred to in Rule 24(1)(c).

      (2) [Certificate]  The International Bureau shall send a certificate of renewal to the holder.

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