As from the 31st of October, 2015 trademark applicants in Algeria will be able to make better use of the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks. The Algerian government placed its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the Director General of The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on the 31st of July this year. This proves beneficial to trademark owners in Algeria as they will now gain full access to the jurisdictions covered by the Madrid Protocol for International trademark protection. In addition, all international filings will now be managed by the Madrid Protocol, which will greatly simplify international registrations.
This also marks a defining moment for the Madrid system, due to the fact that Algeria was the only remaining adherent out of 95 members left to join the Protocol after having been a signatory for 43 years.