Accession of Algeria and Gambia to the WIPO Madrid Protocol

Accession of Algeria and Gambia to the WIPO Madrid Protocol

On July 31, 2015, the Government of Algeria deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Protocol

Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (“the Protocol” and “the Agreement”).  The Protocol will enter into force, with respect to Algeria on October 31, 2015.

The instrument of accession was accompanied by the declaration referred to in Article 5(2)(b) and (c) of the Protocol, whereby  Algeria availed itself of the flexibility to replace the time limit of one year to notify provisional  refusal of protection by 18 months, and to provide notification of a provisional refusal resulting  from an opposition after the expiry of the 18-month time limit.

Algeria was the last remaining member of the Madrid Union to be a Contracting Party of the Agreement only; all members of the Madrid Union will be either Contracting Parties to the Protocol only or to both the Agreement and the Protocol.

Following Algeria’s accession, the Madrid System has thus become for practical purposes a single Treaty System, whereby only one treaty – the Protocol – will govern all transactions effected by or in respect of Contracting Parties and users. The Protocol will apply in all cases because it will be the only common treaty between Contracting Parties or pursuant to MADRID

The Madrid System is already recognized by individual entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes, representing  a  broad  cross-section  of  industries, as  a  convenient  and  cost -effective  way  of  obtaining  trademark  protection  in  all  corners  of  the  globe.

Following Algeria’s accession to the  Protocol,  not  only  will  holders  from  Contracting  Parties  bound  by  the  Protocol  be  ab le  to  designate, or subsequently designate, Algeria in their international applications, the prevalence of  the Protocol will also bolster the Madrid System’s benefits by providing for the general application of features and flexibilities of the Protocol.

Gambia  became  the  96th member  of  the  Madrid  System  on  September 18,  2015,  following deposit  with  the Director General  of WIPO  of  its instrument  of accession  to the  Madrid  Protocol  Relating  to  the  Madrid  Agreement  Concerning  the  International  Registration  of  Marks. The Madrid Protocol will enter into force with respect to The Gambia, on December 18, 2015

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