In recent years there has been a considerable increase of countries and organizations that have joined the International Trademark System. In 2013, Mexico, India and Rwanda joined in and Tunisia came back although it had belonged to the system previously. In year 2015, it was the turn of Cambodia, Gambia, Zimbabwe and the OAPI/AIPO, an Organization comprising 17 African countries i.e. Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoro Islands, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, the Central African Republic, Senegal and Togo. In 2016, Laos joined in and in 2017 Brunei Darussalam and Thailand did. The first new member in 2018 was Indonesia, which was followed by Afghanistan and Malawi. In 2019 is the accession of Samoa already effective and the longed-for accession of Canada is expected by the end of the year.
Currently, the international trademark system is composed of 103 members or Contracting Parties that represent 119 countries. The updated full list is available in: www.wipo.int/madrid/en/members.
With very few exceptions, a registered international trademark can be the object of an enlargement of its protection by means of a territorial extension to the new countries or regions that have joined the system. This is a practical and cost-effective procedure since it allows progressively broadening the worldwide protection of the mark on the basis of the international registration and at the same time keeping one single registration for all the designated countries.
Last but not least, the imminent exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union makes it advisable to consider including a designation of this country in any application for territorial extension of an international trademark.
In order to broaden the scope of protection of your trademark registrations, obtain a budget in this connection or make any query, do not hesitate to contact us.