HANDBOOK ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION
Ref.: Standards – ST.3
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
This Recommended Standard provides 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.
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.
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
This Recommended Standard is intended to be implemented for any use by industrial property offices requiring
the identification of States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations, in coded form.
The recommended codes are contained in Annex A in two sections, organized as follows:
Section 1 presents a list of States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations, in alphabetic
sequence of their short names and their corresponding codes;
Section 2 presents the codes referred