In June I posted about Columbia’s accession to the Madrid Protocol and noted that Mexico was taking steps to follow suit. Late last month Mexico’s Secretary of Economy deposited documents completing the country’s accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks with the World Intellectual Property Organization, bringing to 89 the total number of members of the international trademark filing system. The treaty will enter into force in Mexico on February 19, 2013. As regular blog readers know, the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks offers trademark owners a cost effective, user friendly and streamlined means of protecting and managing their trademark portfolio internationally. Spanish was introduced as a working language of the Madrid system in 2004 and Mexico becomes the fourth Spanish speaking country in the Madrid system. Among the other Spanish speaking nations is Cuba which was the first country in the Latin American region to accede to the system, a step it took in 1995.
New Zealand became the 88th nation to accede to the system in October of this year (effective starting on December 10, 2012) with the curious exclusion that trademark registrants that designate New Zealand via the Madrid Protocol will not have the protection of their marks extended to the tiny island territory of Tokelau (population about 1400) although a domestic New Zealand trademark application does extend to the island. The Philippines joined the system in April bringing to 4 the total number of additions this year to 4.