125th Anniversary | New Madrid Search Tool | Working Group Developments  | BREXIT FAQs
 
WIPO|MADRID
Madrid Highlights 2/2016
JULY 22, 2016
 
125 Years of the Madrid System
April 14, 2016 marked a milestone anniversary for the Madrid System: 125 years since its first governing treaty (the Madrid Agreement) was adopted in Madrid in 1891. Over the years, the System has grown from its nine original signatories to include 97 members, covering 113 countries. Throughout its evolution, the Madrid System has adopted new features, including new working languages and electronic tools, in order to better support right holders as they perform various transactions throughout the lifecycle of their registration. A testament to the System’s benefits and convenience, well over a million marks have been registered by multinationals, SMEs and individual entrepreneurs from around the world since the System’s inception.
 
The New Madrid Monitor Search Tool

Searching for information on international marks recorded under the Madrid System has just become easier. Users are invited to try and comment on the new Madrid Monitor tool, which integrates in one application functionalities and information currently accessible through ROMARIN, the WIPO Gazette of International Marks, Madrid E-Alert and Real-Time Status. With its intuitive search interface, Madrid Monitor allows you to access information available in the register and stay apprised of all activity and developments relating to your mark. We are currently collecting feedback on the Beta test version of Madrid Monitor, so don’t miss the opportunity to tell us what you think and help us tailor this tool, which will replace in coming months existing E-Services it encompasses.
 
The Working Group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System

The latest session of the Working Group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks took place on June 13 to 17, 2016.  Deliberations during this session led the Working Group to recommend changes to the Common Regulations with the aim of benefiting users and Offices of Contracting Parties of the Madrid System. Recommendations will be submitted to the Madrid Union Assembly for their formal adoption in October 2016.
 
Enhanced Madrid Client Records Unit Services

The availability of trademark documentation can prove essential to complying with administrative and court procedures, and to meeting requirements set by customs officials. WIPO is implementing solutions to improve access to relevant documents from the International Register.
 
We have introduced two new improvements to the services offered by the Madrid Client Records Unit:
- cover pages for extracts from the International Register in six languages; and
- expedited processing for attestations and copies of certificates of international registrations.
 
Madrid Market Research Report in India

A report on the use of the Madrid System in India was recently released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and WIPO.
 
The report, prepared by the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, explores awareness and knowledge of the Madrid System in India, key factors that influence international trademark protection decision-making behavior, and communication channels for engagement and promotion. Research findings will help to shape future promotional activities in the country. 
 
INTA Building Africa with Brands Conference

The International Trademark Association (INTA) Building Africa with Brands Conference, scheduled to take place from September 1 to 2, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, will be the premier forum for networking with African and international brand owners, government officials and legal experts. Exchange on challenges and opportunities in Africa for brand owners, and get tools and tips on building your brand in Africa. At the event, Ms. Debbie Roenning, Director, Legal Division, Madrid Registry, will provide a review of recent Madrid System developments and provide practical guidance to help you make the most of your international registration. 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BREXIT

Question
I am the holder of an international registration designating the European Union.  After the “BREXIT”, would the designation continue to be valid in the United Kingdom? 

Answer
The implications for EU trademarks of an eventual exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) need to be officially clarified by the UK and the EU; it is likely that such clarification will take considerable time to be effected.  The International Bureau will provide information on the practical consequences in respect of international applications and/or registrations designating the EU as well as subsequent designations of the EU when such clarification is made official.

Pending such clarification:
(1) existing international registrations designating the EU remain in force in the UK;
(2) International applications designating the EU or subsequent designations of the EU will continue to produce legal effects under the Madrid Protocol in the UK;
(3) As the UK is a Contracting Party of the Madrid Protocol, it can also be individually designated in an international application or a subsequent designation.
 
INFORMATION NOTICES
 
MEMBERS
The Madrid System is the one-stop solution to obtain and maintain protection for your mark in multiple markets around the world. The Madrid Union currently has 97 members, covering 113 countries, and membership is growing every year. Visit the Members of the Madrid Union page for information on Contracting Parties to the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol, their specific procedures and declarations made.
 
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