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TTIL / Madrid System / Amendments to the Common Regulations and Administrative Instructions that EIF on November 1, 2017 [UPDATED]

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Amendments to the Common Regulations and Administrative Instructions of the Madrid System that Entered into Force on November 1, 2017
[UPDATED]

The Madrid System news item regarding the amendments that entered into force on November 1, 2017, may be found here.  It summarizes the three key changes made to the Common Regulations that affect users directly:

1. Rule 9: Voluntary description of a mark
2. Rules 3, 25 and 32: Appointment or cancellation of a representative
3. Rule 24(5)(c): Cancellation of subsequent designation of the United States caused by irregularities with Form MM18

In due course, the International Bureau will issue an Information Notice* that is likely to include an explanation of all the amendments and a clean copy of the relevant legal texts, as well as post updated PDF copies of the Common Regulations and Administrative Instructions* here.

In the meantime, marked and clean copies of all the amendments that entered into force on November 1, 2017, may be found in MM/A/49/3 (July 7, 2015), Annexes II and IV, as adopted by the Madrid Union Assembly in MM/A/49/5 (February 5, 2015), paragraph 17, and MM/A/50/4 (August 2, 2016), Annexes II & V, as adopted by the Madrid Union Assembly in MM/A/50/5 (December 16, 2016), paragraph 22(i)-(iii).

Please note that paragraph 22(iv) in MM/A/50/5 suspended the entry into force on November 1, 2017, of certain amendments to Rule 24(5)(a) and (d) regarding the examination by the International Bureau of limitations in subsequent designations that had been proposed previously in paragraph 6 and Annexes II and IV of MM/A/49/3, and adopted by the Madrid Union Assembly in MM/A/49/5, paragraph 17.

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* UPDATE (November 9, 2017):  WIPO has since posted Information Notice No. 18/2017, "Amendments to the Common Regulations Under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol in force as from November 1, 2017."  It describes all the amendments and provides a marked up copy of the relevant legal texts.  WIPO also posted the November 1, 2017, versions of the Common Regulations and Administrative Instructions.

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