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Apr 04, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 5/19)
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Accession to Madrid Protocol / Nice Agreement / Singapore Treaty

WIPO presents his compliments and has the honor to notify the deposit by the Government of Canada, on March 17, 2019, of its instrument of accession to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, adopted at Madrid on June 27, 1989 ("Madrid Protocol (1989)"), as amended on October 3, 2006, and on November 12, 2007. The said instrument contained the following declarations:

- in accordance with Article 5(2)(b) of the Madrid Protocol (1989), the time limit for a notification of refusal in respect of international registrations made under the Madrid Protocol will be 18 months and, under Article 5(2)(c) of the said Protocol, when a refusal of protection may result from an opposition to the granting of protection, such refusal may be notified to the International Bureau after the expiry of the 18-month time limit; and

- in accordance with Article 8(7)(a) of the Madrid Protocol (1989), the Government of Canada, in connection with each international registration in which it is mentioned under Article 3ter of the said Protocol, and in connection with the renewal of any such international registration, wants to receive, instead of a share in the revenue produced by the supplementary and complementary fees, an individual fee.

The Madrid Protocol will enter into force, with respect to Canada, on June 17, 2019.

Also, Canada joined the Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty which will enter into force on June 17, 2019.

For more information, please click on the respective links of the notices regarding the Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement, and Singapore Treaty. Additional to that, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office provides a very good overview page of all the joined treaties which can be accessed here