Chile and Cap Verde join the Madrid System
An international trademark registration via the Madrid System is a simple and inexpensive way to achieve trademark protection for many countries with one central application.
The underlying Protocol to the Madrid Agreement now has 112 participating countries. Since regional organizations such as the European Union are also members, up to 128 countries can be reached by filing one trademark application via the Madrid System. The number of countries is constantly increasing – normally by two to three countries each year. In the last four years, Canada, Brazil, the Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, among others, have joined.
Now Chile and Cap Verde have also joined the Protocol to the Madrid Agreement – from July 4, 2022, it will be possible to file trademarks via the Madrid System with effect for Chile and from July 6, 2022 with effect for Cap Verde.
Further information can be found on the WIPO homepage: https://www.wipo.int/madrid/en/news/2022/news_0012.html and https://www.wipo.int/madrid/en/news/2022/news_0016.html
An application for a trademark via the Madrid System requires a trademark application in the home country as basic mark. For German applicants, a national German trademark or, alternatively, an EU trademark can be considered here, whereby the German trademark as a basic mark is often the safer and cheaper way.
We will be happy to advise you on the best trademark filing strategy for you.
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