Letter from the President to the Senate: Madrid Agreement (9/5/00)
                                 THE WHITE HOUSE

                                 Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release                           September 5, 2000



TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:


     I transmit herewith, for the advice and consent of the Senate to
accession, the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the
International Registration of Marks adopted at Madrid June 27, 1989, which
entered into force December 1, 1995.  Also transmitted for the information
of the Senate are the report of the Department of State with respect to the
Protocol and a February 2, 2000, letter from the Council of the European
Union regarding voting within the Assembly established under the Protocol.

     The Protocol will offer several major advantages to U.S. trademark
owners.  First, registration of trademarks inter-nationally will be
possible without obtaining a local agent and without filing an application
in each Contracting Party.  If the United States accedes to the Protocol,
the Protocol will provide a trademark registration filing system that will
permit a U.S. trademark owner to file for regis-tration in any number of
Contracting Parties by filing a single standardized application in English,
and with a single payment in dollars, at the United States Patent and
Trademark Office (PTO).  The PTO will forward the application to the
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization
(respectively, the "International Bureau" and WIPO), which administers the
Protocol.  Second, under the Protocol, renewal of a trademark registration
in each Contracting Party may be made by filing a single request with a
single payment.  These two advantages should make access to international
protection of trademarks more readily available to both large and small
U.S. businesses.

     Third, the Protocol will facilitate the recording inter-nationally of
a change of ownership of a mark with a single filing.  United States
businesses experience difficulties effecting valid assignments of their
marks internationally due to burdensome administrative requirements for
recordation of an
assignment in many countries.  These difficulties can hinder the normal
transfer of business assets.  The Protocol will permit the holder of an
international registration to record the assignment of a trademark in all
designated Contracting Parties upon the filing of a single request with the
International Bureau, accompanied by a single payment.  To carry out the
provisions of the Protocol, identical implementing legislation, which is
supported by my Administration, was passed by the House of Representatives
and introduced in the Senate.

     Accession to the Protocol is in the best interests of the United
States.  Therefore, I recommend the Senate give early and favorable
consideration to the Protocol and give its advice and consent to accession,
subject to the declarations described in the accompanying report of the
Department of State.


                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON


THE WHITE HOUSE,
    September 5, 2000.

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