What is the Paris Convention?

The Paris Convention, adopted in 1883, applies to industrial property in the widest sense, including patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models, service marks, trade names, geographical indications and the repression of unfair competition. This international agreement was the first major step taken to help creators ensure that their intellectual works were protected in other countries.

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What is the Madrid System?

The Madrid System is a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trademark worldwide. The Madrid System provides for a single application and payment of one set of fees to apply for international registration of trademarks in up to 117 countries. It also permissible to modify, renew or expand your global trademark portfolio through one centralized system.

Is Malaysia a member of the Paris Convention, the Madrid System?

– China joined the Madrid System in 1989. It has been the most designated Madrid member since 2012 and became the seventh office of origin in 2014. The Madrid System provides a more cost-effective and efficient way for trademark holders to ensure protection for their marks in the other member countries of the Protocol as the desired registrations are obtained through the filing of a single application with WIPO.

– China is also a member of the Paris Convention, which entered into force, with respect to China on March 19, 1985. The Paris Convention provides China trademark holders the priority right when filing trademark application in other member states. Trademark holders who has filed trademark application in China, shall enjoy the priority for their application in another member state of the Paris Convention, to be treated as filed on the filing date of the application in China (hereinafter referred to as “priority date”), as far as the contents were described in the application documents of the application in the first country.

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