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  • Legislation to facilitate Jamaica’s adoption and implementation of the international trademark registration system, the Madrid Protocol is to be placed before Parliament soon.
  • The Madrid Protocol facilitates international registration of trade marks by way of one application that is recognized worldwide.
  • The Protocol’s institution in Jamaica is expected to significantly enhance and safeguard Jamaica’s legitimate ownership rights of the country’s indigenous Reggae music genre.

Legislation to facilitate Jamaica’s adoption and implementation of the international trademark registration system, the Madrid Protocol is to be placed before Parliament soon.

Industry, Investment, and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says that “significant progress” has been made in addressing several internal issues with its lawyer and other stakeholders “who had differing views” on the Protocol’s provisions.

“Before this term is out, I have pledged that the Act (facilitating the Madrid Protocol’s institution) will be passed,” he said, while addressing Monday’s (June 30) opening ceremony for the International Reggae Day conference, at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston.

The Madrid Protocol facilitates international registration of trade marks by way of one application that is recognized worldwide.

The opportunity of having a single registration covering a wide range of countries offers several advantages, both in terms of portfolio management and cost savings, as opposed to a portfolio of independent national registrations.

The Protocol’s institution in Jamaica is expected to significantly enhance and safeguard Jamaica’s legitimate ownership rights of the country’s indigenous Reggae music genre and its offshoots, such as Dancehall.

Mr. Hylton said consequent on the discussions between the Ministry and other stakeholders, “I think we are on one accord and moving in a determined way to have the Madrid Protocol finally settled.”

The Protocol is one of two treaties under what is described as the Madrid System for the international registration of marks; the other is the Madrid Agreement. Both treaties were adopted at diplomatic conferences in Madrid, Spain.

Monday’s conference, held under the theme: ‘You Reap What You Sow’, was hosted by the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO); International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI); International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC); and Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS).

It featured presentations on a range of topics including: ‘Copyrighting Term Extension: Preserving the past and protecting the Future’, and ‘Social design: The Power of Art to Transform Space’.

International Reggae Day, which has its 20th staging this year, will be observed on Tuesday, July 1.