India Joins Madrid Protocol

India deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks at WIPO, bringing the total number of members of the Madrid Protocol System 90. The treaty will enter into force with respect to India on July 8, 2013.

As the graph below shows, U.S interest in the Madrid Protocol continues to grow slowly.  Last year U.S. applicants filed 5073 applications under the Madrid Protocol about 12% of the total.  The continued growth of the system provides added incentive to employ this overlooked tool.