Nice Notification No. 42
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks

Entry Into Force of the Geneva Act (1977)

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 that the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks of June 15, 1957, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and at Geneva on May 13, 1977, will enter into force on

February 6, 1979,

that is, three months after the deposit of the required instruments of ratification or accession.

In this connection, it is recalled that instruments of ratification or accession relating to the Geneva Act (1977) of the said Nice Agreement were deposited:

- on January 4, 1978, by the Commonwealth of Australia
- on April 3, 1978, by the People's Republic of Benin
- on July 12, 1978, by the Republic of Finland
- on September 13, 1978, by the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
- on October 31, 1978, by Ireland
- on November 6, 1978, by the Kingdom of Sweden.

As six countries have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession and as at least three of the said countries (that is, all the said countries with the exception of the People's Republic of Benin) are countries which, on the date the Geneva Act (1977) of the said Nice Agreement was opened for signature, were countries of the Union for the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Union), the conditions set forth in Article 9(4)(a)(i) and (ii) of the said Act for its entry into force have been fulfilled.

Consequently, in accordance with Article 9(4)(b) of the Geneva Act (1977) of the said Nice Agreement, the said Act will enter into force on February 6, 1979, with respect to the six States referred to above.

November 8, 1978