Australia - New e-filing system for Trade Marks Madrid Export applications
On 14 January 2015, IP Australia and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) announced the introduction of a new e-filing system for Trade Marks Madrid Export applications called International Registration Process Integration (IRPI).
The Madrid Protocol facilitates the registration of trade marks in multiple countries through one application. Applicants who meet the requirements of the Madrid Protocol can file a single trade mark application for protection in some or all of the Madrid Protocol countries, with the local trade mark laws of each country to apply. Madrid Export applications are those for which IP Australia acts as an Office of Origin.
Previously, Australian applicants had to lodge Madrid Export applications using IP Australia's General eServices request form. However, from 14 March 2015, applicants will have the option of using IRPI for Madrid Export applications, which is intended to improve efficiency of applications, improve data validation, provide end-to-end data tracking and improve applicant satisfaction. IRPI has been trialled successfully by WIPO in Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) and Portugal.
For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove , Toby Patten or Jarrod Bayliss-McCulloch.