Pakistan to join international trademark system

By Frouke Hekker,

In May 2021, Pakistan will join the Madrid System for international trademark registrations, becoming its 108th member state, as Frouke Hekker explains. 

Pakistan becomes the latest country to deposit its instrument of accession to the Madrid System for international trademark registrations, following the accession of Canada, Brazil and Malaysia (in 2019) and Trinidad and Tobago (early 2021). This means that Pakistan can be designated in an international trademark registration (IR) as of 24 May 2021.

The international system for trademark registration (also known as the Madrid System) enables brand owners to request trademark protection in one or more of the system’s member states via a single application to WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. The ability to designate such a large number of countries and regions in an international trademark registration makes it an increasingly appealing option for businesses. 

Access to 124 countries

Pakistan will become the 108th member state of the Madrid System following its accession, meaning the Madrid System will cover 124 countries in total, including the EU member states and the three countries of the Benelux. 

If your business focuses on multiple countries or if it is about to enter new markets, it is important to determine whether your interests are sufficiently protected in those countries and regions. For advice on international registrations and further information on IP protection in Pakistan, please contact your Novagraaf consultant.

Frouke Hekker works at Novagraaf’s Competence Centre. She is based in Amsterdam.

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