Saturday, December 8, 2007

Resolutions of Ratification: Three Intellectual Property Treaties

On Friday, December 7, the Senate, by the requisite two-thirds vote of members present, agreed to the resolutions of advice and consent to ratification of: the Patent Law Treaty and Regulations Under the Patent Law Treaty, done at Geneva on June 1, 2000 (Treaty Doc. 109-12); the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, adopted in Geneva on July 2, 1999 (Treaty Doc. 109-21); and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (Treaty Doc. 110-2). The resolutions of ratification contained one reservation for the Patent Law Treaty and Regulations, nine declarations for the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement, and one condition for the Singapore Treaty. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee favorably reported the treaties on September 11, following a hearing on July 17. The Committee submitted its reports on November 27, during the adjournment of the Senate.