Supplementary memorandum submitted by
the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
In further answer to Mr Butterfill's question,
the obstacles in the way of a link-up between the Community Trade
Mark system and the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration
of marks, seem to be as follows:
1. There is a problem over the language issue,
given that the Community Trade Mark system has five official languages,
of which only two, ie French and English are the official languages
of the Protocol.
2. The so-called "opting back issue"
(conversion of a failed, ex-Madrid, CTM application back into
a Madrid application).
3. There is a voting rights problem in that
objection has been taken to the proposal that the European Union
has a separate voting right in addition to the voting rights of
each of the member countries of the European Union.
19 May 1999