A new helpful feature of the WIPO’s eMadrid trademark database

WIPO reports about a new feature of its trademark database eMadrid. Now if you search for international trademarks and you click on a result from the list, a new page will be opened where you can see brief information for the mark on the top. Below you can spot a new tab called DESIGNATION STATUS, where you can find information about the status of the mark in every designated country.

You can read more about this here.


OAPI joins the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications

WIPO reports on the accession of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) to The Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.

This will allow international registration of geographical indication in 17 African countries including Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, etc.

The Geneva Act will enter into force with respect to OAPI on March 15, 2023.

For more information here.

The new edition of the WIPO Magazine is available

WIPO has issued a new edition of its WIPO Magazine where you can find the following main topics:

1. Tencent, video games, the metaverse and diversity: an insider’s view

2. Fashion forward: pioneering African designer eyes luxury brands market

3. Brazilian agri-tech startup digitizes farm management with dividends for cattle farmers and sustainability

4. Why vaccine independence is so important for Africa

5. Green trademarks and the risk of greenwashing

For more information here.

Belize joins the Madrid Protocol for the registration of international trademarks

WIPO reports about the accession of Belize to the Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks. The Protocol will come into force for the country on 24.02.2023, a date after which the country will be able to be designated in applications for such marks.

The country has made some declarations, two of which are that potential refusals for registration can be issued for up to 18 months as well as that there will be individual fees for the designation of Belize.