Working Group on the WIPO Madrid System: the 19th Session Concluded


The 19th session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Working Group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks has now concluded its work in Geneva. The event took place in a hybrid format from 15 to 17 October.

The key agenda item was the Study of the Cost Implications and Technical Feasibility of the Gradual Introduction of the Arabic, Chinese, and Russian Languages into the Madrid System.

The Russian Federation, together with the Central Asian, Caucasus and Eastern European countries emphasized the particular importance of the expansion of the Madrid System’s language regime to improve accessibility for Russian-speaking users. The meeting agreed to hold technical consultations on modalities for the introduction of new languages in the inter-sessional period, including expansion of the Terminology Database, use of machine translation, compilation of language pairs for lists of goods and services, as well as the standardization of the IPO’s decisions in a machine-readable format.

Besides, the Working Group favored a reduction of the dependency period between the basic (national) application for registration of a trademark and its international registration from 5 to 3 years, as well as exploring the possibility to convene a diplomatic conference to amend the Protocol to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks for this purpose and on possible options to implement this reduction, for discussion at its following session.

The delegates also recommended to the Madrid Union Assembly the adoption of the proposed amendments to rules 3(2)(b), 5(5) and 30(1)(b) of the Regulations under the Protocol, which should make the System more user-friendly.



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