Malaysia joins the Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks

pexels-photo-462671.jpegWIPO reports about the accession of Malaysia to the Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks. By doing this, the country becomes the 106th Member State. The Protocol will come into force for the country on 27.12.2019.

As it is well-known, the Madrid system allows the filing of international trademarks based on one single application where the relevant countries of interest are designated.

For more information here.

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What can you find in the latest issue of WIPO Magazine?

pexels-photo-315658.jpegWIPO announced the new issue of it WIPO Magazine, where you can find:

  • GII 2019: Creating healthy lives – the future of medical innovation
  • Curbing cultural appropriation in the fashion industry with intellectual property
  • Singapore’s biggest copyright reform in 30 years
  • The harsh reality of life as a musician: an interview with Miranda Mulholland
  • With Teqball the world is curved
  • Five years after Alice: five lessons learned from the treatment of software patents in litigation
  • A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects

For more information here.

Global Innovation Index 2019

gii_2019_1200.jpgWIPO published its Global Innovation Index for 2019. Switzerland was ranked as the most innovative nation in the world followed by Sweden and the US. The rest of the countries in the top 10 are Nederland, Finland, the UK, Singapour, Germany, Denmark, and Israel.

Bulgaria is ranked 40 which is three places behind the last year’s position. More data for the country can be found here.

More information regarding this index you can found here.

Breaking news – Brazil joins the Madrid Protocol

brazil-3001462_960_720WIPO reports the exciting news about the accession of Brazil to the Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks. The Protocol will come into force for the country on 02.10.2019. After this date, every applicant from a country part of the Madrid System will be able to designate Brazil in its international trademark applications. This is huge facilitation and a very cost-effective way for trademark registration.

For more information here.

Breaking news – Brazil is on the way to access the Madrid Protocol

brazil-3001462_960_720.pngMarques Class 46 reports about the forthcoming accession of Brazil to the Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks. The bill for that purpose has already been approved by the Parliament. Now The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is expected to sign it in order Brazil to access the Madrid System.

This is a huge step for the country when it comes to trademark registration and it is a significant convenience for all companies that have an interest in the local market. The reason is that through Madrid Protocol you can register a trademark for Brazil easier and cheaper. Brazil is one of the few big economies that haven’t been part of the Madrid system so far. Fortunately, this will be changed as it is in the case of Canada too.

For more information here.

AI will help with searching trademark images

pexels-photo-577585.jpegAs a recent move, WIPO has announced AI improvements in its software for searching trademark images.

According to the information, the new software will increase significantly the accuracy of the results.

The new technology results in a narrower and more precise group of potentially similar marks, facilitating greater certainty in strategic planning for brand expansion into new markets. With fewer results to scrutinize, this also translates into labor-cost savings for trademark examiners, attorneys and paralegals, industry practitioners and researchers. 

In order to be used you need to enter the Global Brand Database and to choose Concept Strategy from the Image Tab.

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WIPO gives a concrete example for the abilities of the new AI software:

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