TUESDAY, 1 JUNE 2010
WIPO adds Israel to Madrid System
A press statement from WIPO today welcomes Israel as the latest country to join the international trade mark system, following the deposit of its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks. The Madrid System will become operational in Israel on 1 September 2010.
WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry took this opportunity to remind us that the Madrid System offers trade mark owners "a cost-effective, user-friendly and streamlined means of protecting and managing their trade mark portfolio internationally", noting that the system’s expanded geographical coverage makes it "a more attractive option for all businesses operating in international markets".
Under the WIPO-administered Madrid System a trade mark owner may now protect a mark in up to 85 countries by filing a single application, in one language (English, French or Spanish), with one set of fees, in one currency (Swiss Francs). Applicants wishing to use the Madrid system must first apply for trade mark protection in a relevant national or regional trade mark office before seeking international protection. An international registration under the Madrid system produces the same effects as an application for registration of the mark in each of the contracting parties designated by the applicant.
Posted by: Jeremy Phillips @ 15.00
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