13 FEBRUARY 2013
Mexico's accession to the Madrid Protocol becomes effective.
Mexico Joining the Madrid Protocol as a Member Country
According to WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, Mexico's accession to the Madrid Protocol will help companies that are seeking to expand their markets overseas. It will also assist WIPO in achieving its objective of transforming the Madrid System into a system with truly global reach.
As announced by WIPO in November 2012:
"the Government of Mexico 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 will enter into force, with respect to Mexico, on February 19, 2013."
Representing the third Latin American country and fourth Spanish speaking country to join the Madrid Protocol, Mexico's Secretary of Economy Bruno Ferrari says that the accession will help brand owners in Mexico as the country seeks to "diversify its trade associations" and "foster regional and global economic growth."
Once Mexico joins the Madrid Protocol, there will be a total of 88 Contracting Parties of the Protocol and 89 Contracting Parties of the Madrid system. For the list of Madrid Union members and dates when they joined, visit here
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