|Client Alert: Brazilian Senate approves admission to the Madrid Protocol
The Brazilian Senate (upper house) approved, on May 22, 2019, Bill of Law No. 98/2019, which formalizes Brazil’s admission to the Madrid Protocol.
The agreement will allow companies and individuals from member countries to request, through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the registration of a trademark already filed or registered in their country of origin, within a simplified proceeding, in other signatory countries. The agreement now applies to 97 countries.
As a requirement for the implementation of the Protocol, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) will need to conclude the examination of trademark applications within 18 (eighteen) months.
The BPTO estimates that the new system will start operating in October 2019.
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