Recently, the Indonesian government deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with Francis Gurry, the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The protocol will enter into force for Indonesia on January 2, 2018, when local brand owners can begin using the Madrid System to protect their marks in the territories of the framework’s other 99 members.
“Membership in the Madrid Union will offer Indonesian enterprises a straightforward path to new markets—including top export destinations like the US, the EU, China and Japan,” said WIPO in a release.
Indonesia is the eighth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to join the system. In August, Thailand became the 99th member and the protocol will enter into force on November 7.