June 15, 2012
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MEXICO: Madrid Protocol Approved by Congress
On April 25, 2012, the Senate approved Mexico’s adoption of the Madrid Protocol (Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks), part of the Madrid System administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The Madrid Protocol provides the means for seeking protection of a mark in almost 90 countries through the filing of one application with a single international office. In Mexico, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property will be the office in charge of receiving the international applications.
The agreement must be signed by Mexico’s president and then filed with WIPO. Once it is published in the country’s Official Gazette, the Madrid Protocol will become effective in Mexico.
The implementation of the Protocol in Mexico remains uncertain, however, as the authorities have not yet issued the amendments and rules to implement the Madrid System.
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