The World Intellectual Property Organization has announced that Mauritius will join the Madrid Protocol on 6 May 2023 becoming the 114th member of the system. The Madrid Protocol international filing system will then cover 130 countries.
The Madrid Protocol is an international system, whereby a brand owner in a member country can seek protection of its trade mark in any other member country(ies), through a centralised, streamlined and cost-efficient process. There are many other advantages to using this system for overseas protection of your brand, including a six-month grace period to file in any other member country(ies), whilst retaining the same filing date as your home application. This is valuable for brand owners where they are yet to use their mark in commerce, or where they intend to seek protection in countries where rights are generally attributed to the first entity to seek protection (i.e. first-to-file countries).
Benefits of Mauritius joining the Madrid Protocol
After 6 May, parties wishing to file trade mark applications in Mauritius will now have a more convenient, streamlined and cost-effective option by filing one overseas application, including designating Mauritius and any other member countries.