Representatives of the International Registries of Madrid and Lisbon, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) will next week be in Barbados to provide greater insight into the Madrid system for the international registration of marks.

The aim of the meeting is to sensitise relevant persons about the trade marks system administered by the International Bureau of the WIPO in Geneva, which is applicable among countries party to the Madrid Agreement or the Madrid Protocol.

To this end, the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO)?? is inviting Government officials, attorneys-at-law, representatives of industry and commerce, and?? other stakeholders to a public meeting,?? next Thursday,?? March 3, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

According to the WIPO, thanks to the international procedural mechanism, the Madrid system offers a trademark owner the possibility to have his trademark protected in several countries by simply filing one application directly with his own national or regional trademark office.

??The Madrid system, established in 1891, functions under the Madrid Agreement (1891) and the Madrid Protocol (1989). It is said to simplify the subsequent management of the mark, since it is possible to record consequent changes or to renew the registration through a single procedural step.

The public meeting is one of the preparatory steps being undertaken by CAIPO as Barbados considers its obligations under the Economic Partnership Agreement, which was officially signed in Barbados on October 15, 2008.????

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