World Intellectual Property Organization

Singapore Notification No. 43
Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks

Accession by the African Intellectual Property Organization

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 the deposit by the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), on November 13, 2015, of its instrument of accession to the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, adopted at Singapore on March 27, 2006.

The said instrument contained the following declarations: 

In accordance with Article 29 of the Singapore Treaty:

- "The provisions of Article 6 of the said Treaty will not be applicable to OAPI. According to the said provisions, where goods or services belonging to several classes of the Nice Classification have been included in one and the same application, such an application shall result in one and the same registration.

- The provisions of Article 19(2) of the Treaty will not be applicable to OAPI. OAPI requires the recordal of a license as a condition for any right that the license may have under the provisions of the Bangui Agreement, to join infringement proceedings initiated by the holder or to obtain, by way of such proceedings, damages resulting from an infringement of the mark which is the subject of the license".

In conformity with Article 28(3), the said Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the African Intellectual Property Organization, on February 13, 2016.

November 13, 2015

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