RECOMMENDED STANDARD ON TWO-LETTER CODES FOR THE REPRESENTATION OF STATES, OTHER ENTITIES AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS Revision adopted by the SCIT Standards and Documentation Working Group at its eighth session on March 22, 2007
INTRODUCTION 1. This Recommended Standardprovides two-letter alphabetic codes which, for the purpose of improving the access to industrial property information, represent, in particular, the names of States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations the legislation of which provides for the protection of industrial property rights or which organizations are acting in the framework of a treaty in the field of industrial property.2. The designation of States or other entities in this Recommended Standard does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever concerning the legal status of any State or territory, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers. 3. This Recommended Standard is aligned with the universally recognized ISO Alpha-2 Code contained in International Standard ISO 3166-1:2006,“Codes for the Representation of Names of Countries and their Subdivisions – Part 1: Country Codes”, published in January 2007 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is also aligned with the announcements published in ISO 3166–1 Newsletters. RECOMMENDED STANDARD CODE 4. This Recommended Standard is intended to be implemented for any use by industrial property officesrequiring the identification of States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations, in coded form. 5. The recommended codes are contained in Annex A in two sections, organized as follows:
(i) Section 1 presents a list of States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations, in alphabetic sequence of their short names and their corresponding codes; (ii) Section 2 presents the codesreferred to in (i) in alphabetic order and the corresponding (short) names of States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations. MAINTENANCE 6. ISO has entrusted a Maintenance Agency with the management of International Standard ISO 3166.
7. WIPO has been granted associate-member status in the Maintenance Agency and is therefore closely associated with its work. The International Bureauupdates this Recommended Standard at intervals following the decisions of the Maintenance Agency and of the respective WIPO body with regard to the inclusion of new two-letter alphabetic codes or the amending of existing two-letter alphabetic codes. IMPLEMENTATION AND GUIDELINES FOR USERS 8. To assist users of documents relating to industrial property titles and/or applications therefor, Annex B,Section 1, to this Recommended Standard lists those States for which the code in force prior to January 1, 1978, was subsequently replaced by a new code. A list of States or organizations, with their respective codes, that ceased to exist is given in Annex B, Section 2. 9. The codes contained in Annex A to this Recommended Standard should be used in all documents relating to industrial property titlesand/or applications therefor, even when referring to documents for which a different code existed before January 1, 1978. 10. The letter combinations AA, QM to QY, XA to XM, XO to XZ and ZZ are available for individual use and for provisional codes. [Annexes follow]
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Date: April 2007
HANDBOOK ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION Ref.: Standards – ST.3 page:3.3.2
ANNEX 1, SECTION 1
LIST OF STATES, OTHER ENTITIES AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS, IN ALPHABETIC SEQUENCE OF THEIR SHORT NAMES, AND THEIR CORRESPONDING CODES AFGHANISTAN ................................................ AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (1) ORGANIZATION (OAPI) ............................ AFRICAN REGIONAL INTELLECTUAL (1) PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (ARIPO) .... ALBANIA...