Indian Patent Office Decides Not to Implement Madrid Protocol

After considering the logistics of examining trademarks within 12 months, and deciding as to eligibility for registration, the Indian Patent Office has decided that it does not have the resources to implement the Madrid Protocol.

Their attitude contrasts favorably with that taken by Israel, where the decision to join the Madrid Protocol was taken, the trademark law was amended and should have come into effect from 1 January 2008 but instead, was suspended until further notice – probably until next January, as the practical requirements for fulfilling obligations under Madrid are not practicable with the current infrastructure.

Categories: Israel IP, Israel Patent Office, Israel Trademark, Madrid Protocol, News, Opinion, trademarks, WIPO

2 replies

  1. Examining TMs – time frame is 12-18 months under Protocol (according to the Contrating Party’s election), as opposed to 12 months under the Agreement. See Article 5 (2)(b)
    This is one major point why US did not beome a party to the Agreement but did join the Protocol – 12 months was considered too short for substantive examination.

  2. As the story of Mt. Sinai demonstrates, Jews were always willing to take great responsibilities on themselves that neither them or others could keep

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