Friday, 7 August 2015

Algeria commits to Madrid Protocol

Afro Leo has just heard from his friends at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that trade mark topics have been very much in the minds of the Mediterranean-facing Algerians. According to Madrid (Marks) Notification No. 206: Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria has now deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol ("Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks"), with the qualification that
"in accordance with Article 5(2)(d) of the Madrid Protocol (1989), under Article 5(2)(d) 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)(d) thereof is replaced by 18 months and under Article 5(2)(d) 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".
The Madrid Protocol will enter into force with respect to Algeria on 31 October 2015.

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