Is Laos a member of the Paris Convention, the Madrid System?

Laos is a member of the Madrid System. As per the ASEAN Economic Community’s Harmonisation plan, Laos agreed to accede to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (known as the “Madrid Protocol”). The Protocol entered into force with respect to Laos on March 7, 2016, and Laos became the 97th member of the Madrid System. The Madrid Protocol provides a more cost-effective and efficient way for Laos trademark holders to ensure protection for their marks in the other member countries of the Protocol as the desired registrations are obtained through the filing of a single application with WIPO.

Laos is a member state of the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property since October 1998. The Paris Convention provides Malaysia trademark holders the priority right when filing trademark application in other member states. Trademark holders who has filed trademark application in Laos, shall enjoy the priority for their application in another member state of the Paris Convention, to be treated as filed on the filing date of the application in Laos (hereinafter referred to as “priority date”), as far as the contents were described in the application documents of the application in the first country.

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The Madrid System is a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trademark worldwide. The Madrid System provides for a single application and payment of one set of fees to apply for international registration of trademarks in up to 117 countries. It also permissible to modify, renew or expand your global trademark portfolio through one centralized system.

The Paris Convention, adopted in 1883, applies to industrial property in the widest sense, including patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models, service marks, trade names, geographical indications and the repression of unfair competition. This international agreement was the first major step taken to help creators ensure that their intellectual works were protected in other countries.