Nice Notification No. 103
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks

Application of the Nice Agreement, from December 20, 1999, to the Macao Special Administrative Region

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to enclose the English translation of a letter dated November 1, 1999, from His Excellency Mr. Qiao Zonghuai, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland.

November 4, 1999


[Translation]
MPC-99075

To: Dr. Kamil Idris, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva

November 1, 1999

Your Excellency,

In accordance with the Joint Declaration of the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Portugal on the Question of Macao signed on 13 April 1987, the People's Republic of China will resume the exercise of sovereignty over Macao with effect from 20 December 1999. Macao will, with effect from that date, become a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and will enjoy a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs which are the responsibilities of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China.

In this connection, I am instructed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China to inform Your Excellency of the following:

Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks, done at Nice on 15 June 1957 as revised at Stockholm on 14 July 1967 and at Geneva on 13 May 1977 and as amended on 28 September 1979 (hereinafter referred to as the Agreement), to which the Government of the People's Republic of China deposited the instrument of accession on 5 May 1994, will apply to the Macao Special Administrative Region with effect from 20 December 1999.

The Government of the People's Republic of China will assume responsibility for the international rights and obligations arising from the application of the Agreement to the Macao Special Administrative Region.

It would be appreciated if the contents of the Note could be placed formally on record and brought to the attention of the other Parties to the Agreement.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

(signed:)
Qiao Zonghuai
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland