Crossing Borders: International Treaties and Agreements Governing Trademarks
Discussion Outline

1. Classification – How do agreements such as the Nice Agreement and Vienna Agreement apply to decisions to file, re-file and maintain trademark registrations?

2. Global Protection – What effect does the priority under the Paris Convention or the opportunity to file through the Madrid Protocol have on international trademark filing strategies? Does the Berne Convention on copyright affect filing decisions for design marks?

3. Regional Agreements – Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the mutli-jurisdictional registrations such as the Community Trademark and Benelux. Do you take advantage of older regional agreements, such as the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization or Andean Pact?