Wednesday, 28 November 2012
New Accessions to the Madrid Protocol relating to the Madrid Agreement concerning the International Registration of Marks
Designation of the Philippines and Colombia became possible under the Madrid Protocol in the framework of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks on 25 July and 29 August 2012, respectively.
Designation of New Zealand, in turn, will be possible from 10 December 2012.
To date, the number of countries that have joined the Madrid System totals 88, with Mexico being expected to join in early 2013 and afterwards Thailand.
Trademark rights will thus be obtainable under the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks in three IberoAmerican countries. Cuba has been a member of the Madrid System since 1989, Columbia has recently joined, and Mexico will become a member shortly.