Lisbon Notification No. 13
Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration

Accession of the People's Republic of Bulgaria to the Stockholm Act

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and, in accordance with the provisions of the Stockholm Act (1967) of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration of October 31, 1958, has the honor to notify him that the Government of the People's Republic of Bulgaria deposited, on April 29, 1975, its instrument of accession to the said Agreement, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967.

Furthermore, this instrument of accession contains the following declaration:

"The People's Republic of Bulgaria considers that the terms of Article 14, paragraph (4), providing the right for colonial States to extend the application of the Agreement referred to above to the territories which are subordinated to them, are in contradiction with current international law and with the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 14, 1960." (Translation).

Pursuant to the provisions of Article 14(5)(b), the Stockholm Act of the said Agreement will enter into force, with respect to the People's Republic of Bulgaria, three months after the date of this notification, that is, on August 12, 1975.

May 12, 1975