Right: The Battle at Vucji Do (1876), by Montenegrin painter Petar Lubarda
While much of the rest of the world was preparing for its end-of-year shutdown, the Republic of Montenegro was not idle. On 4 December the following proclamation was made:
The IPKat wishes Montenegro the best of luck and hopes that it is as successful at dealing with IP pirates and infringers as it is in accepting the international obligations listed above. Merpel says, isn't Montenegro the Italian for Schwarzberg? What a curious name for a country.
"The Government of the Republic of Montenegro hereby declares that the Treaties listed below continue to be applicable, as from 3 June 2006, in respect of the territory of the Republic of Montenegro and that the Republic of Montenegro accepts the obligations set forth in the said Treaties in respect of its territory:
- the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization;
- the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property;
- the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works;
- the Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods;
- the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks;
- the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks;
- the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs (the Hague Act (1960) and the Stockholm Complementary Act (1967));
- the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks;
- the Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs;
- the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration;
Left: the flag of Montenegro
- the Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol;
- the Trademark Law Treaty;
- the WIPO Copyright Treaty;
- the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty;
- the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure;
- the Patent Cooperation Treaty".
If you are a Schwarzberg, click here
The IPKat has just learned that the venue of this year's CLT Intellectual Property Conference, 25 January 2007, blogged here, has been shifted from the Hatton Conference Centre to the more regal surroundings of the Cafe Royal, Regent Street (just off Piccadilly Circus).
Right: staff from CLT set out in search of fresh venues for this year's IP conference
The Kat hopes that this is because of the burgeoning number of people registrants (those registering for this lovely and informative event are drawn from IP-sensitive enterprises as diverse as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Metronet, Coors Brewers, the Wellcome Trust, Tesco Stores, BSkyB, Sony, OUP and the Educational Recording Agency, not to mention a good sprinkling of lawyers in private practice and from the public sector). See you there?
For full details of the programme and registration, click here.