The United Arab Emirates joined the Madrid Protocol on December 28, 2021, becoming the third Gulf country (along with Bahrain and Oman) to join the system. The Madrid Protocol is an international trademark registration system that provides applicants with a streamlined mechanism to register trademarks in multiple countries through a single centralized filing with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The addition of the UAE could present an opportunity to save on the official fees of one of the most expensive jurisdictions in the world. In addition, the use of the Madrid system also simplifies administrative procedures, such as the need to legalize powers of attorney.
Jamaica is another of the countries that has recently joined the Madrid protocol, which now has a total of 109 countries, representing more than 80% of international trade.
Esquivel & Martin Santos
Intellectual Property Firm, Madrid