PCT Notification No. 111
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Accession by the Republic of Cuba

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify him of the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Cuba, on April 16, 1996, of its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), done at Washington on June 19, 1970.

The instrument of accession contains the following declarations:

"The Government of the Republic of Cuba does not consider itself bound by Article 59 of the Treaty by virtue of which the International Court of Justice may have jurisdiction to decide on any dispute between two or more countries in respect of the interpretation or application of the Treaty. The Republic of Cuba is of the view that in order to refer a dispute to the International Court of Justice, the consent of all the parties to the dispute should be obtained in each particular case.

"Similarly, the Republic of Cuba deplores that, even after the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations of Resolution 1514, of December 14, 1960, setting forth the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, that proclaims the necessity of bringing to a speedy and unconditional end colonialism in all its forms and manifestations, a text of the nature such as that referred to in Article 62(3) of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which concerns Article 24 of the Stockholm Act of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, had been adopted." (Translation)

The said Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Cuba, on July 16, 1996.

April 22, 1996