Select Committee on Trade and Industry Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum submitted by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

  In further answer to Mr Butterfill's question, the obstacles in the way of a link-up between the Community Trade Mark system and the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of marks, seem to be as follows:

    1.  There is a problem over the language issue, given that the Community Trade Mark system has five official languages, of which only two, ie French and English are the official languages of the Protocol.

    2.  The so-called "opting back issue" (conversion of a failed, ex-Madrid, CTM application back into a Madrid application).

    3.  There is a voting rights problem in that objection has been taken to the proposal that the European Union has a separate voting right in addition to the voting rights of each of the member countries of the European Union.

19 May 1999

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