Please note that the Rules & Regulations pertaining to the accession of Madrid System and its implementation is awaited by the Intellectual Property Organization and we will provide a more in-depth analysis once the same becomes available.
Madrid System is an international central trademark filing system which facilitates the registration of a trademark in multiple jurisdictions by establishing World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as a central supervisory body. The Madrid System enables the local Trademark Registry to accept requests by local applicant’s to file registration in desired jurisdictions at a charge of a fairly reasonable administrative fees, subject to the prior filing of their trademark in Pakistan.
Therefore, the basic premise of the System is to provide a one window service, through WIPO, facilitating the filing/registration, maintenance, revisions and renewal of a given trademark in multiple jurisdictions thereby eliminating the need to approach individual offices of desired countries.
FILING PROCEDURE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION UNDER MADRID
1. International application mentioning the country(s) of interest along
2. Trademarks Registry to certify the International application and forward it to WIPO.
3. WIPO to conduct formal examination and if complied, the mark is entered in the international Register and a Certificate (IRN) is issued and mark published in the International Gazette.
4. WIPO forwards the International Application to the designated country(s) and each designated country shall conduct its substantive examination in accordance with local laws within a stipulated period.
5. The designated country shall either accept or reject the IRN and if such conclusion is reached within the time stipulated, the mark shall be considered as registered.
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