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India: the Newest Member of the Madrid Protocol

As of 8 July 2013 India will become the newest member of the Madrid Protocol, making it the 14th country within the G-20 to join the Protocol.

India has made important steps towards becoming more vigilant in enforcing intellectual property rights over the last decade. One of the most successful examples of this is the Darjeeling Tea trade mark study case[1], which protects and ensures the highest standards of one of the most sought after teas in the world.

India is currently the second most populous country in the world and therefore this is a great opportunity to streamline trade mark processes with one of the world’s biggest markets.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries regarding how the Madrid Protocol may be of assistance to you in obtaining trade marks in Australia, New Zealand or other countries.

Saioa Echevarria Idianez, Trade Marks Attorney

[1] http://www.wipo.int/ipadvantage/en/details.jsp?id=2540