Belize is the latest country to join the Madrid System, expanding the global coverage of WIPO’s International Trademark System to 129 countries.
The Government of Belize deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol on November 24, 2022. Belize is the 113th member of the Madrid System. This accession further strengthens the Madrid System’s status as a truly global option for trademark protection in Latin America and the Caribbean.
What does this mean for you?
Starting February 24, 2023…. Brand owners in Belize will be able to seek protection of their trademarks in any of the other 128 countries covered by the Madrid System, by filing just one international application and paying a single set of fees; Users of the Madrid System will be able to designate Belize when filing their international applications; and Holders of international registrations will be able to expand the geographical scope of their registrations to include Belize by using our subsequent designation service, available under eMadrid (select “Expand Protection of Your Registration”). WIPO