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Apr 08

Newsletter April 2008

Concept & Editing by: Dr. Niti Dewan

Madrid System for International Registration of Marks

The Madrid System of International Registration of Trademarks came into existence in the year 1891. It has been a slow process however, more and more countries are becoming part of the Madrid System in order to protect the trademark rights of their individuals, corporate houses and big and small business establishments, in foreign countries.

Presently, there are 82 members of the Madrid System, 75 designated countries from the Madrid Protocol and 7 designated countries from the Madrid Agreement. The Madrid System allows protection of a trademark in any number of countries, designated by the Madrid System, by filing a single trademark application, prescribed by the WIPO, with the Regional Trademarks Office in the country of origin of the applicant.

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