Die World Intellectuel Property Organization begrüßt laut einer aktuellen Pressemitteilung den Beitritt der EU zum Protokoll zum Madrider Abkommen über die internationale Registrierung von Marken (PMMA):
The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, has welcomed the accession of the European Community (EC) to the Madrid Protocol, one of the two treaties that govern the international registration of trademarks, offering trademark owners greater flexibility in safeguarding their trademarks.
From October 1, 2004, the date on which EC membership to the Madrid Protocol takes effect, trademark owners from member countries of the Madrid Protocol will be able to designate the EC in their application for international trademark registration. If protection is not refused by the EC’s trademark office, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trademarks and Designs) (OHIM), protection of the trademark will be effective in all 25 EC member states as if it had been applied for or registered directly with OHIM. Trademark owners will also be able to use a trademark application filed or registered at OHIM as the basis for an international application under the Madrid Protocol.