The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is set to become the latest country to accede to the Madrid Protocol (1989) (officially known as the “Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks”).
The Madrid Protocol will enter into force, with respect to the Algeria, on October 31, 2015.
According to Madrid (Marks) Notification No. 206 issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria has deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol 1989. The said instrument contained the following declaration:
“…in accordance with Article 5(2)(d) of the Madrid Protocol (1989), under Article 5(2)(b) of the Protocol, the time limit of one year to exercise the right to notify a refusal of protection referred to in Article 5(2)(a) thereof is replaced by 18 months and under Article 5(2)(c) of the said Protocol, when a refusal of protection may result from an opposition to the granting of protection, such refusal may be notified to the International Bureau after the expiry of the 18-month time limit.”
Administered by WIPO’s International Bureau, the Madrid System was established in 1891 under the Madrid Agreement (1891) and the Madrid Protocol (1989). The Madrid System allows a trademark owner to have his or her trademark protected in multiple countries by filing one application with his or her own national or regional trademark office. The Madrid System also simplifies the subsequent management of trademarks, allowing the owner to record subsequent changes, renew registrations or obtain protection in more countries.