Training Course on International and Regional Trade Mark Registration Systems 15-16May 2002, Manila
Although the Philippines is not currently a party to the international trade mark registration system (the Madrid Protocol), the accession may be a future possibility. With this in mind, this training course aimed to provide knowledge and insight into the structure and functioning of the Madrid system, the benefits of accession, as well as implications for member states. At the same time, a comparative approach was taken by focusing on the EU model of unitary regional trade mark protection. The experts provided training on the EC procedures and practices of registering trade marks. The training course drew 66 participants who are IP users from both the public and private sectors. Participants have shown keen interests in the approach to examining "new" forms of trade marks such as colour, 3-D marks, as well as the examination of relative grounds for refusal.
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