International Trademarks – Samoa, a new member of the Madrid Protocol

Samoa’s membership confirms that the Madrid System and its protocol are major assets for the international protection of the trademarks, offering a convenient and economic solution for trademark owners around the world.

The Madrid Protocol comes to in Samoa on March 4th, 2019

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced on December 4th that Samoa, an independent country located in Occidental Polynesia, deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol. As such, Samoa is now the 103rd member of the Madrid System.The Protocol will come to force on March 4th, 2019.

The Madrid Protocol, an attractive solution

Due to globalization, efficiency and speed are the main goals. The Madrid system has been constantly adjusted in accordance to national legislations. To address these concerns, the Madrid Protocol was created. It came to force in April 1996. The protocol is administered by the International Office of the WIPO, and is one of the essential elements of the international trademark application system.

The Protocol provides a unique mean that allows to centralize international trademark management process for the entire lifespan of the trademarks. The simplicity of this instrument entices new members, especially given the fact that the application process is very simple. Only one application and a fee payment to a national or regional intellectual property office of one of the members of the Madrid protocol is required. Applicants indicate the countries they want to select from the list of the 119countries covered by international trademark protection.

Consequently, starting from March 4th, 2019 owners of current and future international trademarks will have the possibility to extend the protection of their trademark to Samoa or designate the territory at the time of the application.

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