Canada has joined the Madrid Protocol, the international trade mark system administered by the World IP Organisation, effective 17 June 2019. Canada becomes the 104th member of the Madrid System, which now covers 120 countries.
UK trade mark owners can now cover Canada through an International Madrid Protocol trade mark application, making trade mark protection easier and cheaper to obtain in Canada. You can use the Madrid System to protect your trade marks in the 120 territories of the System’s other 103 members by filing a single international application and paying a single set of fees.
With its straightforward designation process, foreign companies and trademark owners can seek trademark protection through the Madrid System when selling their products and services in Canada.
The Madrid System is a key component of protecting marks internationally, offering a convenient and cost-effective solution for brand owners worldwide.
“We are absolutely delighted that Canada, one of the world’s largest economies, has acceded to the international trademark system as well as other key trademark treaties administered by WIPO, this is a true reflection of Canada’s engagement with WIPO and its commitment to multilateralism.” - Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General