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Procedure

INTERNATIONAL BUREAU (IB)

Examines formalities, not substantive issues    Records in the International Register Issues a registration certificate to holder

Publishes in WIPO Bulletin (standard, immediate or deferred) Notifies contracting parties designated in international registration; has effect as a national or regional application

OFFICE OF DESIGNATED CONTRACTING PARTY (DCP)

Substantive examination: Refusals must be made within set time limits from publication of international registration

No Refusal = effect as a national or regional grant of protection

Refusal: national or regional procedure followed

Security Clearance, if any Forwards international application to International Bureau in a timely manner

OFFICE OF “APPLICANTS CONTRACTING PARTY” (ACP)

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