Belgian-American Diplomacy - Trade-mark Convention : April 7, 1884
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Concluded April 7,1884;
Ratification advised by the Senate June 12, 1884;
Ratified by the President July 7, 1884;
Ratifications exchange July 7, 1884;
Proclaimed July 9, 1884.

The President of the United States of America and His Majesty the King of the Belgians, being desirous of securing reciprocal protection for the trade-marks and trade-labels of their respective citizens or subjects within the dominions or territories of the other country, have resolved to conclude a Convention for that purpose, and have appointed as their plenipotentiaries: The President of the United States, Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, Secretary of State of the United States; and His Majesty the King of the Belgians, Theodore de Bounder de Melsbroeek, Commander of His Order of Leopold, His Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in the United States; who, after reciprocal communication of their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following articles, to wit:


Citizens of the United States in Belgium and Belgian citizens in the United States of America shall enjoy, as regards trade-mark and trade-labels, the same protection as native citizens, without, prejudice to any privilege or advantage that is or may hereafter b granted to the citizens of the most favored nation.


In order to secure to their marks the protection provided for by the foregoing article, the citizens of each one of the contracting parties shall be required to fulfil the law and regulations of the other.


The present arrangement shall take effect, on the day of its official" publication, and shall remain in force until the expiration of the, twelve months following the notice, given by either of the contracting parties, of its desire for the cessation of its effects.

The ratifications of this Convention shall be exchanged at Washington as soon as possible within one year from this date.

In testimony whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed, this Convention in duplicate, in the English and French languages, and affixed thereto the seals of their arms.

Done at Washington the seventh day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four.

Treaties, Conventions, International Acts and Agreements Between the United States of America and Other Powers 1776-1909.
Compiled by William M. Malloy
Under Resolution of the Senate of January 18, 1909
Washington : Government Printing Office, 1910.
127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511.