Strasbourg Notification No. 46
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification

Accession by the People's Republic of China

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 of the deposit by the Government of the People's Republic of China, on June 17, 1996, of its instrument of accession to the Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification of March 24, 1971, as amended on September 28, 1979.

The said instrument contains the following declaration: "According to Article 4 paragraph (4) of the said Agreement, the People's Republic of China does not undertake to include the symbols relating to groups or subgroups of the Classification in applications which are only laid open for public inspection and in notices relating thereto or on the certificate of the patent for utility models."

The said Agreement will enter into force, with respect to the People's Republic of China, on June 19, 1997.

June 19, 1996