WIPO has published the following new Madrid System Regulations updates: –
• Common Regulations become Regulations under the Protocol
• Simplified renewal of the international registration
In 1996 the Madrid Protocol system was introduced to run alongside the Madrid Agreement system and the two systems were governed by the Common Regulations. In 2015 the systems came together under the Common Regulations.
From 1 February 2020, the Common regulations became simply the Regulations under the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International registration of Marks.
The change indicates that the Protocol is the sole treaty governing international applications and registrations under the Madrid System.
The Regulation updates also highlight simplified rules regarding the renewal of international registrations.
For Contracting Parties that have declared for an individual fee per class, the renewal fee will be calculated taking into account only the number of classes for which protection has been granted.
The simplification means that holders of international registrations who have been granted partial protection and are appealing such decision will no longer be required to pay individual fees for classes that are not protected upon renewal.