Today is the day for Malaysia and the Madrid Protocol

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Today is the day.  As of today, a trademark owner in Malaysia can file a Madrid Protocol application to pursue protection in one or more Offices outside of Malaysia. Starting today, a trademark owner outside of Malaysia can file a Subsequent Designation to Malaysia (or can file a new Madrid Protocol application designating Malaysia).

The two-letter code for Malaysia is “MY”.

 

e-filing at WIPO — back to normal

For the past week the situation for e-filing at WIPO, for most people in the US, has been that the local time to e-file so as to get a same-day filing date in Switzerland has been different from usual.  (The reason for this is that a week ago, people in Switzerland turned their clocks back.) But as of today, people in the US have turned their clocks back.  So things are back to normal.

For example if you are in the Mountain time zone, once again as of today you will be counting toward 4PM local time to get a same-day filing date in Switzerland.  (For the past week the answer was 5PM.)

Today is the day for Brazil and Madrid Protocol

(Updated to reflect Article 14(5) Declaration.)

Starting today, a trademark owner in Brazil can file a Madrid Protocol application to pursue protection in one or more Offices outside of Brazil.

And starting from today, a trademark owner outside of Brazil can file a  new Madrid Protocol application designating Brazil.

I had previously posted that starting from today, a trademark owner outside of Brazil who already has an International Registration can file a Subsequent Designation to Brazil.  This is stated too broadly.  Brazil’s Instrument of Accession includes an Article 14(5) Declaration, which provides that a “sub des” can only be filed with respect to Brazil for an IR that was registered on or after today, that is, on or after October 2, 2019.   

The two-letter code for Brazil is “BR”.

 

 

Malaysia has joined the Madrid Protocol

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Malaysia has joined the Madrid Protocol. The Protocol will enter into force for Malaysia on December 27, 2019.

Malaysia deposited its Instrument of Accession on September 27, 2019. This brings to 122 the number of members of the Madrid system.

Malaysia joined the PCT on August 16, 2006. If Malaysia were to join the Hague Agreement, it would then achieve the trifecta for international filing systems.

The two-letter code for Malaysia is “MY”.

Starting from December 27, a trademark owner in Malaysia can file a Madrid Protocol application to pursue protection in one or more Offices outside of Malaysia. And starting from that date, a trademark owner outside of Malaysia can file a Subsequent Designation to Malaysia (or can file a new Madrid Protocol application designating Malaysia).

e-filing at WIPO — back to normal

For the past three weeks the situation for e-filing at WIPO has been that the local time to e-file so as to get a same-day filing date in Switzerland has been different from usual.  But today the people in Switzerland have turned their clocks forward.  So things are back to normal.

For example if you are in the Mountain time zone, once again as of today you will be counting toward 4PM local time to get a same-day filing date in Switzerland.  (For the past three weeks the answer was 5PM.)