Wolf Theiss

THE END OF THE MADRID AGREEMENT

The last of the 95 members of the Madrid System, signatory only to the Madrid Agreement but not to the Madrid Protocol, has acceded to the latter. Thus, the Madrid System is now transformed into a One Treaty System with Algeria being the last member.

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The Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, concluded back in 1891 (the "Agreement"), and the Protocol Related to the Madrid Agreement, concluded in 1989 (the "Protocol"), govern the System for International Registration of Marks (the "Madrid System"). The latter system is administrated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Thanks to the Madrid System, an applicant, i.e. an individual or a legal entity – related to a contracting party to the Agreement or the Protocol based on nationality, domicile or establishment, is entitled to apply for international registration of a trade mark. The System offers several advantages to the applicant(s) and the owner(s) of a trade mark.[...]

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