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India joins Madrid Protocol for International Registration of Trade Marks at WIPO

12 April 2013

This week India has confirmed its accession to the Madrid Protocol for International Registration of Trade Marks at WIPO (Madrid system). The Treaty will come into force in India on 8 July 2013.

The Madrid system gives trade mark owners the ability to protect and manage their trade mark portfolio in up to 88 countries plus the European Union with its Community Trade Mark (CTM) by filing just one application. See here for a list of all countries who have already signed up to the Madrid system from Albania to Zambia.

The move will make it easier and more cost-effective for brands to extend their protection to the important Indian market. With the Indian economy expecting to expand by up to 6.7% in the next two years, this is good news for brand owners thinking about extending their business to the Indian market.

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