The trademark law in Aruba is regulated by the National Ordinance on Trademarks (A.B. 1989 no. G.T. 46) ("Ordinance"). In addition Aruba is a party to the Paris Union Convention for the protection of industrial property. The Ordinance was made necessary when in 1986 when Aruba acquired the status of a separate country within the Dutch Kingdom. In 1987 Aruba opened its own Bureau of Intellectual Property. The Aruba trademark law contains provisions for the registration and protection of both trademarks and service marks. The basis of the Ordinance is the trademark legislation of the Netherlands prior to the adoption of the Benelux trademark law.