Madrid Highlights 3/2016

NOVEMBER 4, 2016


Madrid System welcomes Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Darussalam acceded to the Madrid Protocol on October 6, 2016, making it the Madrid System’s 98th member.

Brunei Darussalam made declarations under Articles 5(2)(b) and (c) of the Madrid Protocol.

When the Madrid Protocol enters into force in Brunei Darussalam on January 6, 2017, brand owners from that country will have convenient and cost-effective access to trademark protection in 114 markets. Also from this date, foreign businesses interested in expanding their trademark portfolios into Brunei Darussalam will be able to do so through the Madrid System.


Madrid Union Assembly Shapes the Future with Historic Decision

On October 11, 2016, the Madrid Union Assembly decided to freeze accessions to the Madrid Agreement, the Madrid System’s founding treaty. As a result, it will no longer be possible for a new member to accede to the Agreement only.  All members and users will now benefit from the flexibilities and features of the Madrid Protocol.

Further development of the Madrid Goods and Services Manager Database (MGS) was welcomed by the Assembly, including participation of seven new countries and the addition of a new Mongolian language interface.  Agreement was also reached on a number of changes to the Common Regulations.


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Global Branding and Economic Development through the Madrid System

In cooperation with the State Administration of Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Government of Shandong Province, WIPO will organize an event to mark the 125th anniversary of the Madrid System in Qingdao, China, from November 15 to 16, 2016. The “Brands and the Madrid International Trademark System” event will be a great opportunity to engage with representatives of major Trademark Offices, the China Trademark Association (CTA), the International Trademark Association (INTA) and WIPO. Speakers will present their expert opinions on global branding and economic development through the Madrid System.

Second Annual Madrid Seminar at WIPO’s Headquarters

Register now to join the next Practical Seminar on the Madrid System at WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The November 24 and 25, 2016 seminar will provide a practical “masterclass” on Madrid System procedures presented by WIPO experts, representatives from IP Offices and the private sector.

Presentations and discussion will be conducted in English.


Madrid System Yearly Review

International trademark applications filed under the Madrid System reached yet another record of 48,910 in 2015,  marking the sixth year of continuous growth. Key statistics on the use of the Madrid System in 2015 are available now in the recently published Madrid Yearly Review.


Opposition System in Mexico

Our representative in Mexico has informed us that an opposition has been filed against our international registration in that country. Would the Mexican Office send a notification or provisional refusal based on an opposition?

No, the Mexican Office (IMPI) will not issue a notification of provisional refusal based on an opposition. Opposition is meant to provide IMPI further evidence to conduct its substantive examination. After the examination is completed, IMPI will issue either a statement of grant of protection or an ex officio notification of provisional refusal.
Any person can oppose to the granting of protection of a mark that is the subject of an international registration within one month from its publication in IMPI’s Gazette. IMPI will publish a list of all the international registrations for which oppositions have been filed.
Holders may respond to the opposition within one month from that publication. However, failure to respond to an opposition will not be construed by IMPI as tacit acceptance of the claims made by the opponent.

Consult our information notice.




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 98 members, covering 114 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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