WIPO Notification No. 18
Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization

Ratification of the Convention by the People's Republic of Bulgaria

The Director of the United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property (BIRPI) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and, in accordance with the provisions of the above Convention, has the honor to notify him that the Government of the People's Republic of Bulgaria deposited on February 19, 1970, its instrument of ratification dated January 26, 1970, of the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), with the following declaration:

"The People's Republic of Bulgaria considers it necessary to stress that the text of Article 5 of the Convention is of a discriminatory nature in that it excludes, for a certain number of States, the possibility of participating in it. The Article is in flagrant contradiction with the nature of the World Intellectual Property Organization, the purpose of which is to unite the efforts of all States for the protection of intellectual property and for the regulation of problems in this field which are of concern to all countries.

The People's Republic of Bulgaria therefore feels that adhesion to conventions of this type should be open, without restriction, to all States, in conformity with the principle of the sovereign equality of States." (Translation)

The People's Republic of Bulgaria has fulfilled the condition set forth in Article 14(2) of the Convention by concurrently ratifying the Stockholm Act of the Paris Convention in its entirety.

Pursuant to Article 15(2), the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will enter into force, in respect to the People's Republic of Bulgaria, three months after the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification, that is, on May 19, 1970.

February 27, 1970