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Okt 20, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 15/21)
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Accession to Madrid Protocol by UAE

On September 28, 2021, the Government of the United Arab Emirates 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 the United Arab Emirates wish to receive an individual fee when they are 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 amount of the individual fees shall be announced in a separate Information notice.

The Madrid Protocol enters into force, with respect to the United Arab Emirates, on December 28, 2021.

For further information, please refer to Information Notice No. 15/2021.