The Companies and Intellectual Property Authority, (CIPA) in liaison with World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) will on May 11th engage stakeholders with the aim to promulgate information regarding the Madrid system.
The Madrid system is the primary international system for facilitating the registration of trademarks in multiple jurisdictions around the world. According to CIPA, the system will allow locally based businesses to file one local application and choose one or more countries that they wish their trademark to be protected in as there is no limit to the number of countries that they can register.
In a press release, CIPA stated that the main purpose of trademarks is to help businesses to differentiate their products from those of other business entities. Since local businesses are increasingly spreading their wings, this event is likely to help them establish themselves globally.
CIPA also went on to explain that the registration of trademarks prevents other businesses or companies from using the same or a similar trademark without authorisation from the trademark owner. The implementation of the Madrid system will help Botswana businesses to protect their trademarks beyond borders.
The mandate of CIPA is to implement the Companies Act, Registration of Business Names Act, Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act and the Industrial Property Act. Trademarks which are also registered by CIPA are only protected in the country in which they registered.
The event is slated for May 11th at Lansmore Hotel.