Philippines, Mexico, Colombia to join Madrid
Simon Crompton explains the impact of three countries joining or clearing the last hurdles to join the international trade mark system
The Madrid Protocol for international registration of trade marks
received a big boost in the past couple of months, with three countries
either joining or taking big steps towards joining the system. And more
are likely to follow.
On March 28, the Colombia Constitutional Court ruled that the
Protocol was enforceable in the country – a big step towards the first
South American country joining. An official also said that it planned to
deposit its instrument of accession with WIPO, which administers the
international trade mark system, by the end of June. After that, the
system would automatically come into force after six months.
A few weeks later, the Mexican Senate passed legislation that will
allow it to join Madrid – its biggest hurdle in the process....
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