The Madrid Protocol

August 12, 2003 Advisory

On November 2, 2002, President Bush signed the implementing legislation for the United States to join an international trademark treaty known as the Madrid Protocol (the "Protocol"). On August 2, 2003, the United States deposited the necessary Instrument of Accession to the Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Office ("WIPO"), allowing membership of the
United States to take effect on November 2, 2003, the target date set by the United States when President Bush signed the implementing legislation. The Protocol will provide U.S. trademark owners with the ability to seek registration in Madrid Protocol countries, using what has been called a "one-stop" filing mechanism.