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The Madrid System Turns 30: The Pros and Cons of Using the Madrid Protocol in the United States and for U.S. Based Companies

This summer, the Madrid System turned 30 years old, and as two more countries prepare to join the Madrid Protocol we look at how the Madrid System has grown as it enters full adulthood.

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This summer, the Madrid System turned 30 years old, and as two more countries prepare to join the Madrid Protocol we look at how the Madrid System has grown as it enters full adulthood. In 1988, there were only 25 members of the Madrid Protocol. Today, that number has quadrupled, with 105 members covering 121 countries. Canada joined the Madrid Protocol earlier this year, and Brazil announced in July that it will now be able to accept Madrid Protocol applications beginning in October 2019. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reports that the Madrid System gives trademark owners protection to 80% of the global economy. In 1988, 20,000 registrations were issued under the Madrid System, according to WIPO, and 30 years later, WIPO reports that number has tripled to 60,000. There is no doubt that the Madrid System has assisted many companies in effectively achieving international trademark registrations by filing one trademark application with one set of fees for protection in their choice of more than 120 countries.

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