It is of great importance that the potential new member has in place functioning trademark legislation, complying with the Paris Convention, and has the capacity to establish legislation which complies with the Madrid Protocol, to provide for the effective operation of the Protocol as well as the enforcement of rights resulting from an international registration.
Madrid-compatible legislation needs to be implemented before the accession takes place. Without such legislation in place, the holders of international registrations will not be able to enforce their rights in the territory concerned. Discussion on legislation will cover the various provisions that are necessary in the national or regional Trademarks Act or their Regulations, and cover a compliance check towards the Paris Convention and the Madrid System.
WIPO can provide the required legal assistance.