The Compleat Multilateral Patent & Related

Agreements, Conventions & Treaties

1883 - 2008

ISBN 978-0-9689523-7-5

Compiler Press

In the Public Domain subject only to my moral right to the integrity of the work and its paternity.


THIS is a reference work documenting 125 years of multilateral patent regime beginning with the Paris Convention of 1883. It forms part of Compiler Press’ ongoing publishing program to document the legal foundations of the global knowledge-based economy, i.e., intellectual property rights or ‘IPRs’.

The term ‘multilateral’ means relations between three or more Nation-States and/or International Organizations. The work consists of five principal parts:

1. Introduction: outlines the organization and limitations of the work. ;

2. Multilateral Lexicon: includes some eighty-five ‘legal terms’ defining the types of Instruments making up the multilateral intellectual property rights regime and the terms and conditions for their performance.  The Lexicon has been distilled from many sources.  The Editor is solely responsible for its composition, errors and/or omissions.  Capitalized Terms therein generally refer to other entries in the Lexicon itself; 

3. Summary Index of Instruments: forty-one multilateral patent related Instruments are presented by summary title organized geographically – Global, Africa, Americas (Latin & North), Eurasia, Europe and South-East Asia;

4. Instruments: has been fully indexed and presented in a standardized format to facilitate comparison. Originals are not published in a standard format nor, in many cases, do they include full titling of provisions and/or indexing.  References in originals are, however, fully maintained. The status of each Instrument is also reported, e.g., when and how Nation-States and International Organizations became party.   For a comparison of a Compiler Press presentation with originals, please see: Convention for the European Patent for the Common Market 1975:   Original  vs. CMIPRS.

5. Web Directory to Sources & Instruments which, in the electronic edition, provides ‘live’ links to homepages of relevant International Organizations such as WIPO and to specific Instruments reported herein.  This feature is intended to allow researchers to easily update the work. 


715 pages, ISBN 978-0-9689523-7-5

Dr. Harry Hillman Chartrand, PhD

215 Lake Crescent

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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0. Multilateral Lexicon       

1. Biodiversity

(a) Convention on Biodiversity, 1992

(b) Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety 2000

2. Deposit of Microorganisms (Budapest Treaty) 1977, 1980

3. Industrial Property (Paris Convention)

1883, 1900, 1911, 1925, 1934, 1958, 1967, 1979

4. International Patent Classification (Strasbourg Agreement) 1971, 1979

5. New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

(a) Act of 1961/1972            

(b) Act of 1978                       

(c) Act of 1991                      

6. Vienna Conventions

(a) On the Law of Treaties 1969

(b) Treaties between States & International Organizations 1985

7. World Intellectual Property Organization Convention (WIPO) 1967, 1979

8. WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) 1971, 1979, 1984, 2001

9. WIPO Patent Law Treaty (PLT) 2000

10. WIPO/UPOV Agreement 1982  

11. WIPO Agreement with the World Trade Organization (WTO) 1995

12. Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) 1994



African Intellectual Property Organization

13. Bangui Agreement, 1977, 1999    

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

14. Lusaka Agreement 1976, 1982,1986, 1996

15. Harare Protocol 1982, 1987, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004



  Latin America

Andean Community

16. New Plant Varieties Decision No. 345, 1993               

17. Genetic Resources Decision No.391, 1996

18. Industrial Property Decision No. 486, 2000       


19. Mexico-European Free Trade   

Agreement Title IV: On Intellectual Property 2000

  North America

20. NAFTA: Part Six - Intellectual Properties 1994



21.  Eurasian Patent Convention 1994  



Council of Europe

22. Patent Application Formalities 1953

23. Classification of Patents 1954

24. Substantive Patent Law 1963    

European Economic Area

25. EEA: Protocol 28, 1994-2007   

European Free Trade Area

26. EFTA Convention: Chap. VII & Annex J 1960, 2001

27. EFTA & Singapore Agreement:Article 54 & Annex XII 2002

European Patent Office

28. European Patent Convention 1973

European Union

29. Community Patents (not in force)

(a) Community Patent Convention 1975

(b) Council Agreement 1989    

(c) Community Patent Convention 1989

            & Protocols

(d) On Litigation 1989                 

(e) On Privileges & Immunities 1989   

(f) On Common Appeal Court 1989    

(g) On Entry into Force 1989       

30. Protection of Biotechnological Inventions 1998



31. ASEAN Framework Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights 1995

32. Web Directory to Sources &Instrument