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Nov 19, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 19/20)
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Declarations on Accession to Madrid Protocol by Trinidad and Tobago

On October 12, 2020, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago deposited with WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, containing:

- the declaration extending the refusal period to 18 months and making it possible to notify refusals based on opposition after the expiry of that period (Article 5(2)(b) and (c) of the Madrid Protocol);
- the declaration indicating that Trinidad and Tobago wishes to receive an individual fee when it is designated in an international application, in a subsequent designation and in respect of the renewal of an international registration (Article 8(7)(a) of the Madrid Protocol). The amounts of that individual fee will be the subject of a separate information notice;
- the notification indicating that Trinidad and Tobago requires, when it is designated under the Madrid Protocol, a declaration of intention to use the mark (Rule 7(2) of the Regulations under the Madrid Protocol);
- the notification indicating that the Office of Trinidad and Tobago will not present to WIPO requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division because the law of Trinidad and Tobago does not provide for the merger of registrations of a mark (Rule 27ter(2)(b) of the Regulations under the Madrid Protocol).

The Madrid Protocol will enter into force, with respect to Trinidad and Tobago, on January 12, 2021.

For further information, please refer to Information Notice No. 63/2020 here