All WIPO member states, as well as the European Union, are eligible to become party to the Beijing Treaty. The Treaty will enter into force three months after 30 eligible parties have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession.
In order to become a member of the Beijing Treaty, a state must deposit an "instrument" of ratification or accession with the Director General of WIPO. This instrument must be signed by the national competent authority, according to each member state's national legislation – usually the Head of State, the Head of Government or the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
As part of its mission, WIPO is always ready to assist governments in the review of their national legislation in light of treaty provisions and to propose draft language.
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