Pros and Cons of the change in the Madrid System Safeguard Clause

Since September 1st, 2008, the Madrid Protocol takes precedent on Madrid agreement. We can consequently proceed with the WIPO extension on the basis of a French trademark application only.

However, in practice, before proceeding with the international extension, applicants should wait for the end of the opposition, approximately four months in France. Otherwise, in case the basis trademark application is not registered, the international trademark application will be rejected as well.

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