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European Union Boosts International Trade Mark Registrations

From 1 October 2004, the European Union will join the Madrid Protocol for international registration of trade marks. This means it will become possible to designate a European Community Trade Mark (CTM) in an International trade mark application, or to add the CTM to an existing International registration.

Previously, trade mark owners were forced to decide between covering individual European countries within an application for International Registration or filing for the collective CTM registration. USA joined the Protocol in late 2003. The accession of the EU to the Protocol now makes an International Registration an attractive and cost-effective way for Australian trade mark owners to protect their marks in these two important markets.

June 2004

Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys - Intellectual Property Specialists
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