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PROGRAM 14

Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks

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Background

After a quasi stagnation of the number of applications for registration and renewals in 1996 (+ 1.5 percent), that number increased by about 4 percent in 1997.

With the entry into force of the Madrid Protocol and of a new set of implementing regulations common to the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol on January 1, 1998, the overall complexity of the international procedure grew significantly.  The strains imposed on the International Registrations Department were partially alleviated by a new computer system, MAPS (Madrid Agreement and Protocol System), which became fully operational in the 1996-97 biennium.  MAPS requires maintenance and development to keep pace with user requirements, changes in procedures, and technology advances.

Objectives

Provide the services entrusted to the Secretariat under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.

Support the management and operation of the Madrid system and provide access to information contained in the International Register of marks.

Increase knowledge of the benefits and encourage and simplify use of the Madrid system among trademark owners, trademark attorneys, governments, and intergovernmental organizations.

Sub-program 14.1

Management and Operation of the Madrid System

Main Activities

Processed applications for international registration and renewal and related actions, which comprise receipt of applications; examination as to formal requirements, including the correct classification of the goods and services;  registration of marks;  recordal of renewals of registrations, changes in the registrations, and any refusals by member countries; required communications and notifications to the applicants or owners of international registrations and to the national and regional Offices.  

Published and mailed every second week the bilingual (English and French) periodical WIPO Gazette of International Marks in paper and microfiche form.  (Work was completed for a CD-ROM containing the full text of the 25 issues of the Gazette for 1997, with indexes allowing retrieval of the information hitherto published in the annual table of holders.)

Results

The following table provides statistical information on the actual registration activity under the Madrid System from January 1 to May 31, 1998, compared with the first five months of 1997 and 5/12th of the projected activity for 1998.

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