The Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks (SCT)
The Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) is a forum to discuss issues, facilitate coordination and provide guidance concerning the progressive international development of the law of trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications, including the harmonization of national laws and procedures. It was established by a decision of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO and the Unions administered by WIPO in March, 1998 (document A/32/7, paragraph 93). The SCT submits its recommendations and policies to the WIPO General Assembly for approval.
Members of the SCT
Participation in the SCT is open to all Member States of WIPO or the Paris Union for the Protection of Industrial Property as members. In addition, Member States of the United Nations that are not members of WIPO or the Paris Union, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations accredited with observer status at WIPO may participate in the Intergovernmental Committee in an observer capacity. At its first Session, held in Geneva from July 13 to 17, 1998, the SCT adopted a special rule of procedure which extends membership (without the right to vote) to the European Communities.