Contracting Parties shall have an Assembly.
(b)Each Contracting Party shall be
represented by one delegate who may be assisted by alternate delegates,
advisors and experts.
(c)The expenses of each delegation shall be
borne by the Contracting Party that has appointed the delegation. The Assembly
may ask the World Intellectual Property Organization (hereinafter referred to
as WIPO) to grant financial assistance to facilitate the participation of delegations
of Contracting Parties that are regarded as developing countries in conformity
with the established practice of the General Assembly of the United Nations or
that are countries in transition to a market economy.
Assembly shall deal with matters concerning the maintenance and development of
this Treaty and the application and operation of this Treaty.
shall perform the function allocated to it under Article 17(2) in respect of
the admission of certain intergovernmental organizations to become party to
shall decide the convocation of any diplomatic conference for the revision of
this Treaty and give the necessary instructions to the Director General of WIPO
for the preparation of such diplomatic conference.
Each Contracting Party that is a State shall have one vote and shall vote only
in its own name.
(b) Any Contracting Party that is an
intergovernmental organization may participate in the vote, in place of its
Member States, with a number of votes equal to the number of its Member States
which are party to this Treaty. No such intergovernmental organization shall
participate in the vote if any one of its Member States exercises its right to
vote and vice versa.
Assembly shall meet in ordinary session once every two years upon convocation
by the Director General of WIPO.
Assembly shall establish its own rules of procedure, including the convocation
of extraordinary sessions, the requirements of a quorum and, subject to the
provisions of this Treaty, the required majority for various kinds of
Article 16 International
International Bureau of WIPO shall perform the administrative tasks concerning
Article 17 Eligibility
for Becoming Party to the Treaty
State of WIPO may become party to this Treaty.
Assembly may decide to admit any intergovernmental organization to become party
to this Treaty which declares that it is competent in respect of, and has its
own legislation binding on all its Member States on, matters covered by this
Treaty and that it has been duly authorized, in accordance with its internal
procedures, to become party to this Treaty.
European Community, having made the declaration referred to in the preceding
paragraph in the Diplomatic Conference that has adopted this Treaty, may become
party to this Treaty.
Article 18 Rights and
Obligations under the Treaty
any specific provisions to the contrary in this Treaty, each Contracting Party
shall enjoy all of the rights and assume all of the obligations under this
Article 19 Signature
of the Treaty
Treaty shall be open for signature until December 31, 1997, by any Member State
of WIPO and by the European Community.
Article 20 Entry into
Force of the Treaty
Treaty shall enter into force three months after 30 instruments of ratification
or accession by States have been deposited with the Director General of WIPO.
Article 21 Effective
Date of Becoming Party to the Treaty
Treaty shall bind
(i) the 30
States referred to in Article 20, from the date on which this Treaty has
entered into force;
other State from the expiration of three months from the date on which the
State has deposited its instrument with the Director General of WIPO;
European Community, from the expiration of three months after the deposit of
its instrument of ratification or accession if such instrument has been
deposited after the entry into force of this Treaty according to Article 20,
or, three months after the entry into force of this Treaty if such instrument
has been deposited before the entry into force of this Treaty;
other intergovernmental organization that is admitted to become party to this
Treaty, from the expiration of three months after the deposit of its instrument
Article 22 No
Reservations to the Treaty
reservation to this Treaty shall be admitted.
Article 23 Denunciation
of the Treaty
may be denounced by any Contracting Party by notification addressed to the
Director General of WIPO. Any denunciation shall take effect one year from the
date on which the Director General of WIPO received the notification.
Article 24 Languages
of the Treaty
Treaty is signed in a single original in English, Arabic, Chinese, French,
Russian and Spanish languages, the versions in all these languages being
official text in any language other than those referred to in paragraph (1)
shall be established by the Director General of WIPO on the request of an
interested party, after consultation with all the interested parties. For the
purposes of this paragraph, "interested party" means any Member State
of WIPO whose official language, or one of whose official languages, is
involved and the European Community, and any other intergovernmental
organization that may become party to this Treaty, if one of its official
languages is involved.
Article 25 Depositary
Director General of WIPO is the depositary of this Treaty.