On 8 July 2013, India will become a member of the Madrid Protocol, the international treaty for the Registration of  Trade Marks.  The treaty now covers up to  88 countries, plus the European Union, with its Community trademark.

India joins Mexico, New Zealand and the Philippines in adopting the protocol in the past 12 months. Any new Madrid application filed after 8 July will be able to designate India and the owner of an existing International Registration will be able to designate India after this date.

India is one of the G20 major economies and has been one of the world's fastest growing economies in recent years making it attractive to many businesses around the world.  India's accession to Madrid should assist businesses protect their trade marks in India.