(1) When the Assembly has established an Executive Committee, that
Committee shall be subject to the provisions set forth hereinafter.
(2)(a) The Executive Committee shall, subject to Article 57(8), consist of
States elected by the Assembly from among States members of the Assembly.
(b) The Government of each State member of the Executive Committee
shall be represented by one delegate, who may be assisted by alternate
delegates, advisors, and experts.
(3) The number of States members of the Executive Committee shall
correspond to one-fourth of the number of States members of the Assembly. In
establishing the number of seats to be filled, remainders after division by four
shall be disregarded.
(4) In electing the members of the Executive Committee, the Assembly
shall have due regard to an equitable geographical distribution.
(5)(a) Each member of the Executive Committee shall serve from the close
of the session of the Assembly which elected it to the close of the next ordinary
session of the Assembly.
(b) Members of the Executive Committee may be re-elected but only up
to a maximum of two-thirds of such members.
(c) The Assembly shall establish the details of the rules governing the
election and possible re-election of the members of the Executive Committee.
(6)(a) The Executive Committee shall:
(i) prepare the draft agenda of the Assembly;
(ii) submit proposals to the Assembly in respect of the draft program
and biennial budget of the Union prepared by the Director General;
(iv) submit, with appropriate comments, to the Assembly the
periodical reports of the Director General and the yearly audit reports on the
(v) take all necessary measures to ensure the execution of the
program of the Union by the Director General, in accordance with the decisions
of the Assembly and having regard to circumstances arising between two
ordinary sessions of the Assembly;
(vi) perform such other functions as are allocated to it under this
(b) With respect to matters which are of interest also to other Unions
administered by the Organization, the Executive Committee shall make its
decisions after having heard the advice of the Coordination Committee of the
(7)(a) The Executive Committee shall meet once a year in ordinary session
upon convocation by the Director General, preferably during the same period
and at the same place as the Coordination Committee of the Organization.
(b) The Executive Committee shall meet in extraordinary session upon
convocation by the Director General, either on his own initiative or at the
request of its Chairman or one-fourth of its members.
(8)(a) Each State member of the Executive Committee shall have one vote.
(b) One-half of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute
(c) Decisions shall be made by a simple majority of the votes cast.
(d) Abstentions shall not be considered as votes.
(e) A delegate may represent, and vote in the name of, one State only.
(9) Contracting States not members of the Executive Committee shall be
admitted to its meetings as observers, as well as any intergovernmental
organization appointed as International Searching or Preliminary Examining
(10) The Executive Committee shall adopt its own rules of procedure.
(1) Administrative tasks concerning the Union shall be performed by the
(2) The International Bureau shall provide the secretariat of the various
organs of the Union.
(3) The Director General shall be the chief executive of the Union and shall
represent the Union.
(4) The International Bureau shall publish a Gazette and other publications
provided for by the Regulations or required by the Assembly.
(5) The Regulations shall specify the services that national Offices shall
perform in order to assist the International Bureau and the International
Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities in carrying out their tasks
under this Treaty.
(6) The Director General and any staff member designated by him shall
participate, without the right to vote, in all meetings of the Assembly, the
Executive Committee and any other committee or working group established
under this Treaty or the Regulations. The Director General, or a staff member
designated by him, shall be ex officio secretary of these bodies.
(7)(a) The International Bureau shall, in accordance with the directions of
the Assembly and in cooperation with the Executive Committee, make the
preparations for the revision conferences.
(b) The International Bureau may consult with intergovernmental and
international non-governmental organizations concerning preparations for
(c) The Director General and persons designated by him shall take part,
without the right to vote, in the discussions at revision conferences.
(8) The International Bureau shall carry out any other tasks assigned to it.
Committee for Technical Cooperation
(1) The Assembly shall establish a Committee for Technical Cooperation
(referred to in this Article as “the Committee”).
(2)(a) The Assembly shall determine the composition of the Committee and
appoint its members, with due regard to an equitable representation of
(b) The International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities
shall be ex officio members of the Committee. In the case where such an
Authority is the national Office of a Contracting State, that State shall not be
additionally represented on the Committee.
(c) If the number of Contracting States so allows, the total number of
members of the Committee shall be more than double the number of ex officio
(d) The Director General shall, on his own initiative or at the request of
the Committee, invite representatives of interested organizations to participate
in discussions of interest to them.
(3) The aim of the Committee shall be to contribute, by advice and
(i) to the constant improvement of the services provided for under this
(ii) to the securing, so long as there are several International Searching
Authorities and several International Preliminary Examining Authorities, of the
maximum degree of uniformity in their documentation and working methods
and the maximum degree of uniformly high quality in their reports, and
(iii) on the initiative of the Assembly or the Executive Committee, to the
solution of the technical problems specifically involved in the establishment of
a single International Searching Authority.
(4) Any Contracting State and any interested international organization may
approach the Committee in writing on questions which fall within the
competence of the Committee.
(5) The Committee may address its advice and recommendations to the
Director General or, through him, to the Assembly, the Executive Committee,
all or some of the International Searching and Preliminary Examining
Authorities, and all or some of the receiving Offices.