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Sunday, 2 November 2003

OLÉ USA

Today is the day that the USA’s implementation of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Madrid Protocol) becomes effective. As of today, trade mark applicants will be able to designate the USA as a jurisdiction for international registration and base its registrations on a home registration in the USA. For the mean time however, US Madrid applications must be made on paper because of technical difficulties with the electronic filing system.

The IPKat welcomes this development .US registration is a vital part of many companies’ international trade mark exploitation and protection strategy and this will make it easier for those companies to achieve this and for US-based companies to gain protection in other jurisdictions.

The USPTO’s Madrid Protocol guide here
WIPO’s Madrid Protocol site here
Americans in Madrid here
To find your way around the Madrid System click here


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