The Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of marks was adopted at Madrid on June 27, 1989; and
The Senate of the United States of America by its resolution of October 17, 2002, two-thirds of the Senators present concurring therein, gave its advice and consent to accession of the Protocol, subject to the understanding:
That no secretariat is established by the Protocol and that nothing in the Protocol obligates the United States to appropriate funds for the purpose of establishing a permanent secretariat at any time.
The Senate's advice and consent is subject to the following declarations:
TIME LIMIT FOR REFUSAL NOTIFICATION.-Pursuant to Article 5(2)(b) of the Protocol, the United States declares that, for international registrations made under the Protocol, the time limit referred to in subparagraph (a) of Article 5(2) is replaced by 18 months.
NOTIFYING REFUSAL OF PROTECTION.-Pursuant to Article 5(2)(c) of the Protocol, the United States declares that, when a refusal of protection may result from an opposition to the granting of protection, such refusal may be notified to the International Bureau after the expiry of the 18-month time limit.
FEES.-Pursuant to Article 8(7)(a) of the Protocol, the United States declares that, in connection with each international registration in which it is mentioned under Article 3ter of the Protocol, and in connection with each renewal of any such international registration, the United States chooses to receive, instead of a share in revenue produced by the supplementary and complementary fees, an individual fee the amount of which shall be the current application or renewal fee charged by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to a domestic applicant or registrant of such a mark.
NOW THEREFORE, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, approve accession of the United States of America to the said Protocol, subject to the above understanding and declarations.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed this instrument of accession and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington
this first day of
August in the year of
our Lord two thousand three
and of the Independence
of the United States of
America the two hundred
By the President: /s/
Secretary of State