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Assistance to prepare for the accession to the Madrid Protocol for interested ASEAN IP Offices

This activity is aimed at developing or enhancing the capacities of the national TM offices of interested ASEAN countries to implement their functions as Office of Origin and Office of a Designated Contracting Party under the Madrid Protocol.

 

To that effect, the project provides for the organization of expert missions and seminars for trade mark officials and other stakeholders from interested ASEAN countries to gain additional knowledge on the Madrid Protocol procedures and to take advantage of the opportunities offered for brand protection.

 

2013

 

The project provided for on-the-job training on the Madrid Protocol procedures for trade mark officials of interested ASEAN IP Offices.

 

Expert missions to assist the respective IP Offices in preparing for their accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks were organised as follows:

 

INDONESIA

July 2013

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THAILAND

July 2013

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BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

July 2013

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MALAYSIA

September 2013

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MYANMAR

November 2013

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CAMBODIA

November 2013

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LAO PDR

December 2013

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Specialized officials in the management of Madrid System operations from the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS), the National Office of Industrial Property of Vietnam (NOIP) and IP Australia participated as trainers in such missions.

 

During the course of these sessions, IP officials from the participating countries were trained on: (a) basic features of the Madrid Protocol, (b) role of the Office as Office of Origin, (c) role of the Office as Office of a Designated Contracting Party, (d) conversion, transformation, replacement, and (e) use of relevant IT support tools.

 

2014

 

Within the context of the Annual Work Plan 2014, the project organized a series of training sessions for officials of interested ASEAN IP Offices in coordination with the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) project.  During these sessions, the ECAP IP expert provided tailor-made advice regarding Madrid accession to officials from the respective ASEAN IP Offices.

 

Those expert missions were undertaken as follows:

 

CAMBODIA

October 2014

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INDONESIA

November 2014

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MYANMAR

December 2014

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LAO PDR

January 2015

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During these missions, implementation work plans containing activities pre- and post-accession were prepared for each of the IP Offices, as well as reports containing recommendations for each Office.

 

The project also co-organized with AANZFTA and WIPO an advanced regional training on Madrid Protocol operations in the WIPO Singapore Office on 9-11 December 2014.

 

 

2015

 

Following Cambodia´s recent signature of the instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, the project provided for the organisation of a study visit of core Madrid Protocol officers from the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of Cambodia to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in order to support the preparatory works to implement the Madrid Protocol in this Office.

 

The study visit involved detailed discussions on the provisions of the Madrid Protocol and its Common Regulations. The IPOPHL Madrid Officers presented Madrid operations, their inbound and outbound Madrid workflows, the Madrid forms that they use and other related topics.

 

Study Visit on Madrid Protocol Operations from DIP Cambodia to IPOPHL – February 2015       Learn more…

 

A Small Group Training on Madrid Protocol operations took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 19 to 21 March. The training, organised in coordination with AANZFTA, was attended by trade mark and IT officials from Cambodia, Indonesia and Lao PDR and was directed by the ECAP IP expert, an OHIM IT expert, an ECAP IT expert and an IT expert from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.

 

This activity involved detailed discussions on all the relevant Madrid concepts, development of the inbound and outbound Madrid workflows, taking into account the national trademark procedure of the participating countries, and adapting Madrid model forms to suit the needs of the offices.  The Madrid operations of OHIM were also presented to the participants to enable them to better visualize how they could implement Madrid in their respective offices.

 

The IT Officers from the three offices worked with the OHIM IT Expert and the ECAP IT Expert in adapting the Madrid workflow according to the business requirements of their respective offices.

 

Small Group Training on Madrid Protocol Operations – March 2015, Thailand       Learn more…

 

The project organized an expert mission on Madrid Protocol operations and related IT topics for officials of the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) in coordination with the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) project.  The expert mission took place from 23 to 25 March, and was attended by NOIP Madrid Protocol and IT officials.

 

Among others, topics concerning Madrid operations at NOIP, including the structure of Madrid operations, NOIP as Office of Origin and as Designated Contracting Party, NOIP IT systems, including the systems used to process Madrid files, IT tools used in Madrid operations and other relevant IT tools by the Office were presented.

 

Expert mission on Madrid Protocol Operations - March 2015, Vietnam       Learn more...