On 12 October, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago formally acceded to the Madrid Protocol. This makes Trinidad and Tobago the 107th member of the Madrid System, which now covers 123 countries.
After Trinidad and Tobago deposited its instrument of accession, it will enter into force on January 12, 2021.
From this date forward, local brand owners in Trinidad and Tobago can begin using the Madrid System to protect their trademarks in the 122 territories of the System’s other 106 members by filing a single international application and paying a single set of fees.
The Madrid Registry is providing online services and resources to ensure customer-driven experience for users.
How does Trinidad and Tobago benefit from this?
With its straightforward designation process, foreign companies and trademark owners can, from January 2021, seek trademark protection through the Madrid System when selling their products and services in Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago’s accession spotlights the Madrid System’s emergence as a key component of protecting marks globally, offering a convenient and cost-effective solution for brand owners worldwide and in the Caribbean region.