(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
DOHA: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry concluded yesterday a workshop on the international registration of trademarks in accordance with the Madrid Protocol. The workshop was organized in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), within the framework of a national plan to modernize local laws to accede to international conventions and treaties on intellectual property rights.
The two-day workshop was aimed at supporting and empowering inventors, innovators and trademark owners in trade activities in a bid to promote local trade, industries and investment, as well as to bolster foreign trade and protect national investments abroad.
Experts from the Ministry, the WIPO Organization and the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office tackled a number of important topics, focusing on the mechanisms of the international registration of trademarks in accordance with the Madrid Protocol, its characteristics and its benefits to right owners, national offices and the State.
The workshop also shed light on the steps of registering a mark internationally starting with the submission of the international application, its transmission to the international office in Geneva and its publication by WIPO. The international application is then examined by the designated national offices to decide whether to register the mark or submit the reasons the application was rejected to the organization to initiate appeal procedures.
The workshop also touched on the process of registering and renewing protection for a mark and assessing the current status of the registration of national trademarks and on the practical expertise of Morocco's accession to the Madrid Protocol and the mechanisms of implementing its provisions in addition to reviewing the procedural steps of acceding to the Madrid Protocol.
The Ministry seeks to provide further support for inventors, intellectuals, creators, trademark owners and other rights holders, including both individuals and institutions, by encouraging the international registration of trademarks in accordance with the Madrid Protocol, in order to promote trade and industrial activities, promote national investments and support local micro, small and medium-sized enterprise to cope with global developments and competition within the framework of the Qatar National Vision 2030.