The number of countries and regions joining the international system for trademark registration on the basis of the Madrid Convention and its Protocol, continues to grow. Indonesia is the latest country to deposit an instrument of accession with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which comes into force on 2 January 2018.

The international system for trademark registration (also known as the Madrid System) makes it possible to request trademark protection in one or more member states of the Madrid System by filing one application at WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Madrid System dates back to the ‘Madrid Agreement’ of 1891 and was expanded with the ‘Madrid Protocol' in 1996. Since the accession of Algeria to the Protocol in October 2015, all international trademark registrations are exclusively governed by the Madrid Protocol, making the Madrid Agreement essentially a non-operational treaty.

Indonesia will become the 100th member of the Madrid System, being the fourth Southeast Asian country to join recently, after Laos (7 March 2016), Brunei (6 January 2017) and Thailand (7 November 2017). After Indonesia’s accession, the Madrid System will cover 116 territories in total.

Is the international registration system right for you?

With so many countries and regions now able to be designated in an international trademark registration, international registrations are an increasingly appealing option for businesses. For an analysis of the pros and cons of the Madrid System, please read this article.