Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Tunisia signs up for Madrid this autumn

Here's some good news from Tunisia: from 16 October the Mediterranean-facing North African republic will be a fully-fledged participant in the Madrid Protocol scheme for the international registration of trade marks. While at present Tunisia is a net importer of trade mark registrations, it will soon be easier and cheaper for Tunisia to register its own trade marks for products it exports to other Madrid countries -- of which there is a large and still-growing number.

The full text of the WIPO announcement appears below.
Madrid (Marks) Notification No. 201

Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks

Accession by the Republic of Tunisia

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments and has the honor to notify the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Tunisia, on July 16, 2013, of its instrument of accession to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, adopted at Madrid on June 27, 1989 (“Madrid Protocol (1989)”), as amended on October 3, 2006, and on November 12, 2007.  The said instrument contained the following declarations:
  • in accordance with Article 5(2)(d) of the Madrid Protocol (1989), under Article 5(2)(b) of the Protocol, the time limit of one year to exercise the right to notify a refusal of protection referred to in Article 5(2)(a) thereof is replaced by 18 months and under Article 5(2)(c) of the said Protocol, when a refusal of protection may result from an opposition to the granting of protection, such refusal may be notified to the International Bureau after the expiry of the 18-month time limit;  and
  • in accordance with Article 8(7)(a) of the Madrid Protocol (1989), the Republic of Tunisia, in connection with each international registration in which it is mentioned under Article 3ter of the said Protocol, and in connection with the renewal of any such international registration, wants to receive, instead of a share in the revenue produced by the supplementary and complementary fees, an individual fee.
The Madrid Protocol (1989) will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Tunisia, on October 16, 2013.
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