4 June 2012

Madrid madness!

The Philippines accession was perhaps more surprising as Colombia joining the Madrid Protocol was anticipated. However, they have shocked us somewhat with the speed of their accession. As I understand it they were aiming for the end of the year with local practitioners more conservatively expecting an early 2013 joining date.

There is not much to add to WIPO's announcement. As they say, India, Mexico and New Zealand have made a number of internal measures meaning Madrid Protocol membership is on the horizon for them.

We must wait to see if this is the catalyst towards a more rapid increase in Madrid Protocol membership and, specifically for Latin America, if this will swim against the "pink tide".