PLT Notification No. 1
Patent Law Treaty (PLT)


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, by the date until which it was open for signature (that is, June 1, 2001), the following States and the European Patent Organisation had signed the Patent Law Treaty, adopted at Geneva on June 1, 2000:

  • Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, on June 2, 2000;
  • Monaco, on June 28, 2000; Côte d'Ivoire, on July 20, 2000; France, on September 14, 2000; San Marino, on October 10, 2000; Burkina Faso, on May 11, 2001; Sweden, on May 17, 2001; Canada, on May 21, 2001; Germany, on May 29, 2001; Ireland, on May 31, 2001; Netherlands, on May 31, 2001; European Patent Organisation, on May 17, 2001.

(Total: 54 signatories (53 States and one intergovernmental organization))

Any of the above-listed States and the European Patent Organisation may become a party to the Patent Law Treaty (2000) by depositing an instrument of ratification. Any State which is party to the Paris Convention or which is a member of WIPO and which has not signed it and any intergovernmental organization fulfilling the conditions stated in Article 20(2) or (3) of the Patent Law Treaty (2000) may become a party to it by depositing an instrument of accession.

Instruments of ratification or accession must be deposited with the Director General of WIPO. The Patent Law Treaty (2000) shall enter into force three months after such instruments have been deposited by ten States with the Director General of WIPO.

June 1, 2001