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Paris Notification No. 1
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property

Signatory Countries

The Director of the United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property (BIRPI) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and, in accordance with the provisions of the above international instrument, adopted at Stockholm, has the honor to notify him that, at the expiration of the period of time reserved for that purpose (that is, on January 13, 1968), the following countries had affixed their signatures:

    Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany (Federal Republic), Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Yugoslavia. (46 countries)

The Director of BIRPI wishes to call attention to the fact that all of the signatures were affixed subject to ratification.

When affixing their signatures, the plenipotentiaries of certain countries made declarations which are communicated hereinafter at the request, transmitted by the Government of Sweden, of the parties.

    Bulgaria:
    "The People's Republic of Bulgaria considers that the underlying principles of Article 24 of the Convention, giving colonial States the right to extend the effects of the Convention to the territories over which they have dominion, are contrary to contemporary international law and to the Declaration of the General Assembly of the UN concerning the gaining of independence of colonial countries and peoples."

    Poland:
    "When signing the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of March 20, 1883, revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, the Polish People's Republic made the following declaration: The provisions of Article 24 of the Paris Convention, giving member States the right to extend the effects of the said Convention to the territories for the external relations of which they are responsible, are out-of-date and contrary to Resolution No. 1514/XV passed by the General Assembly of the UN on December 14, 1960."

    Union of Soviet Socialist Republics:
    "At the time of the signing of the Stockholm Act of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property; the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics deems it necessary to declare that the provisions of Article 24 of the Convention, providing the contracting parties with the possibility of extending the effects of the Convention to the territories for the external relations of which they are responsible, are antiquated and out of line with the Declaration of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples (Resolution 1514/XV of December 14, 1960)."

January 30, 1968