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Apr 01, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 6/14)
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New Publication/Revised Guide/Official Forms Changed

WIPO has announced on its website a new publication. It targets small and medium sized enterprises and users without much knowledge of the Madrid system. This publication is divided in two parts: Part I gives a brief description of the Madrid system and its main features, while part II has more practical focus on how to complete specific forms available for use in the Madrid system. The publication will also be available in French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

WIPO has published a slightly revised version of the Guide to the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. The text has been updated to reflect recent amendments to the Common Regulations. The Guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Arabic, Chinese and Russian versions will follow.

Further, the official Madrid forms (MM forms) have been revised to render them more user-friendly and to provide more accurate information. The most important amendments concern information and contact details of the Madrid Customer Service (on the cover page of the forms), and the election of e-mail for purposes of communicating with the International Bureau of WIPO: where the applicant/holder or his representative provides an e-mail address in the forms, any further correspondence from the International Bureau related to the international application and the resulting international registration will be sent only electronically.
Additional to that the form for requesting the recording of a limitation in an international registration (MM6) has been simplified by providing that any class not limited in item 5 of the form will remain as recorded. The revised MM forms are available in English, French and Spanish.