Request for Public Consultations (Madrid Protocol)

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

Within the framework of the operational strategy of Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property, SAIP is currently studying the appropriateness of accession of Saudi Arabia to a number of international intellectual property treaties.
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks is one of these treaties. The system makes it possible to protect a mark in a large number of countries by obtaining an international registration that has effect in each of the designated Contracting Parties.

A mark may be the subject of an international application only if it has already been registered with the trademark office of the Contracting Party with which the applicant has the necessary connections (referred to as the office of origin). The international application may be based simply on an application for registration filed with the office of origin. An international application must be presented to the International Bureau of WIPO through the intermediary of the office of origin.

The Madrid system offers several advantages for trademark owners. Instead of filing a separate national application in each country of interest, in several different languages, in accordance with different national or regional procedural rules and regulations and paying several different (and often higher) fees, an international registration may be obtained by simply filing one application with the International Bureau (through the office of the home country), in one language (English, French or Spanish) and paying one set of fees.

Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property is keen on benefiting from the participation of the public to express their opinion in regard to Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and to provide your consultations or written comments in this regard before the end of Saturday 06/05/1440 (12/01/2019) by sending your consultations to SAIP Email: saip@saip.gov.sa , please write your name or the name of the organization providing the consultations.

The agreement texts can be found in English and Arabic and more comprehensive information about the agreement is available at http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/details.jsp?id=12603

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