On February 19, 2013 and July 8, 2013, respectively, Mexico and India joined the Madrid Protocol. So, trademark owners of international registrations now have the possibility to designate these additional countries as countries of protection for newly filed international registrations or to subsequently extend existing registrations. For this latter purpose, a request for subsequent designation needs to be filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the respective fee needs to be paid. The subsequent designation will be effective from the date on which it has been recorded in the international register.
The Community trademark system has also seen its territorial scope extended just recently. On July 1, 2013, Croatia joined the European Union as its 28th member, and thus also joined the Community trademark system. Unlike international registrations, all Community trademarks that are already registered or have been applied for will be automatically extended to the territory of this new member state without any administrative requirements or cost. Thereby, it is guaranteed that all Community trademarks have the same territorial scope. The owner of a Community trademark therefore does not need to file a further request to enjoy protection in the Dr. Alexander R. Klett, LL.M. new member state.