Silicon Valley Business Journal
Date: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 10:16am PDT
On July 8, 2013 India became the 90th member of the Madrid Protocol, which allows member states to the agreement to easily file for trademark registration in multiple jurisdictions after it has been approved by one member state. Other major world markets such as the United States, United Kingdom, the European Union, China, and Japan have been members of the international agreement since 2003.
India was one of the last major world markets to agree to join the Madrid Protocol. The agreement is operated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). Indian entrepreneurs will now be allowed to file for federal trademark registration with the United States and Patent Office and now easily be able to extend that protection back to India without being having to comply with confusing local rules. They will also be able to extend their trademark to other countries signed on to the agreement with the same benefits, including countries where the local rules are in non-English languages.
Please contact the Inventus Law office if you have any questions or concerns regarding trademark registration in the US or under the new rules found in the Madrid Protocol.
By Carlos F. Romero