Yet another country has deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid System for international trademark registrations, with Belize joining the list of Madrid System countries as of 24 February 2023.
Through the international system for trademark registration (also known as the Madrid System), it is possible to request trademark protection in one or more member states of the Madrid System by filing one international trademark (IR) application via WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. When it accedes to the Madrid System on 24 February 2023, Belize will become the 113th member state.
By extending the IR system’s reach into Central America and the Caribbean, Belize’s accession further strengthens the Madrid System’s status as a reliable global option for trademark protection. Following Belize’s accession, the number of Madrid System countries will grow to 129 in total, including the EU member states and the three countries of the Benelux.
Madrid System countries: Wider coverage through a single application
The ability to designate such a large number of countries and regions in an international trademark registration makes it an increasingly appealing option for businesses. For an analysis of the pros and cons of the Madrid System, read our article 'International trademarks: Is the Madrid System right for you?'.
If your business focuses on several countries or is about to enter new markets, it is important to determine whether your interests are sufficiently protected in those countries and regions. For advice on international registrations and further information on IP protection in Belize, please contact your Novagraaf consultant.
Noa Rubingh works at the Knowledge Management department, based in Amsterdam.