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Sep 01, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 10/11)
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Request for Territorial Extension of IR Equates to Grant of Protection

On May 16, 2011, the Government o fthe Kingdom of the Netherlands sent a statement to the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) concerning territorial extension of International Registrations to the Caribbean Part of the Netherlands.

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba can be designated in an International Madrid Registration. The applicable legislation (Wet merken BES) does not provide in any procedure that may lead to a decision to refuse protection in the Caribbean Netherlands. Therefore, protection in the Caribbean Netherlands is granted automatically with the designation: The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property, which is the Office executing the Wet merken BES, will equate any notification by the International Bureau of an extension to a statement of grant of protection.

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