Paris Notification No. 61
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property

Ratification of the Stockholm Act by the Republic of Cuba

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and, in accordance with the provisions of the Stockholm Act (1967) of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of March 20, 1883, has the honor to notify him that the Government of the Republic of Cuba deposited, on December 27, 1974, its instrument of ratification of the said Convention, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967.

This instrument of ratification contains the following declaration:

"The Government of the Republic of Cuba considers that the provisions of Article 24 of the Convention are contrary to the Declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples (Resolution 1514 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 14, 1960), in which is stressed the need to bring an end rapidly and unconditionally to colonialism in all its forms and manifestations." (Translation).

Furthermore, the said instrument of ratification contains the following reservation:

"The Government of the Republic of Cuba does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraph (1) of Article 28 of the Convention, under which any dispute between two or more countries concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention may be brought before the International Court of Justice. Cuba upholds that the agreement of all the interested parties must be obtained in every case to bring a dispute before the International Court of Justice." (Translation).

Concurrently with depositing its instrument of ratification, the Government of the Republic of Cuba confirmed, pursuant to Article 16(4)(b), that it wished to belong to Class VI.

Pursuant to the provisions of Article 20(2)(c) and (3), the Stockholm Act of the said Convention will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Cuba, three months after the date of this notification, that is, on April 8, 1975.

January 8, 1975