Trademark Law Treaty Law and Legal Definition

The Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) is an international treaty enacted to simplify application and registration procedures of trademarks. It also harmonizes trademark procedures in different countries. The TLT synchronizes procedures of national trademark offices by establishing the maximum requirements a contracting party can impose. The TLT was adopted on October 27, 1994, and it came into force on August 1, 1996. As of July 1, 2005, 33 states are parties to the treaty. The U.S. is a party to the TLT.

The TLT requires member nations to register service marks, and treat them in the same manner as they would treat trademarks. The TLT helps trademark applicants in saving time and money in the preparation and filing of documents for the application. It also streamlines the process for post registration renewals, recording assignments, changes of name and address, and powers of attorney.