Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Article 6ter Paris Convention Online: Hong Kong (2), China (0), Netherlands (37)
March 31, 2009, WIPO's first electronic publication of signs, emblems etc. protected under article 6ter Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, see here. On this day (July 13, 2009), if you type in China, you see only the emblem and flag of Hong Kong S.A.R. witn the stylised form of Bauhemia Blakeana. That is a very small number for such a big country such as the People's Republic of China (0) and Hong Kong (2), compared to the tiny Netherlands which protects 37 signs, emblems (including for such collective marks as Holland Cheddar Cheese etc), Germany (128), USA (117), United Kingdom (38), Italy (32). Then again Japan and France each only had two signs in the database.