July 1, 2012
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PHILIPPINES: Madrid Protocol Comes into Force July 25
The Philippines has become the 85th contracting party—and the third ASEAN member state after Singapore and Vietnam—to join the Madrid Protocol. Philippines President Benigno C. Aquino III signed the instrument of accession on March 27, 2012; it was deposited with the World Intellectual Property Organization on April 25. INTA provided support to the Philippines throughout its consideration of joining the Protocol.
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) recently conducted several advocacy and public consultation meetings with trademark owners, chambers of commerce, government officials and local practitioners in two key cities—Cebu City and Taguig City. Workshops with local practitioners are scheduled in the coming weeks.
IPOPHL has announced that there will be no difference in the substantive examination of applications received by way of the Madrid Protocol. The provisions of the Intellectual Property Code and its implementing rules and regulations will continue to be the basis of examination.
Madrid Protocol applications and national applications will be treated the same and examined in the order that they are received by IPOPHL. No preference will be given to one type. Both Madrid Protocol and national applications will be required to comply with the Declaration of Actual Use requirements under the IP Code.
The Madrid Protocol will have full force and effect on July 25, 2012.
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