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Aug 21, 2017

Eminent lawyer to lead Sri Lanka’s historic Madrid entry

Sri Lanka has appointed an eminent legal personality and a time-honoured expert in intellectual property (IP) to lead the country’s historic accession to the international trademark system called the Madrid Protocol. And the accession is slated to be completed by August next year.

Sri Lanka’s Madrid Protocol accession will open doors for the country’s brands to register their trademarks in a single filing across multiple jurisdictions, activated at the same time, and affords strong IP protection for Lankan brands at global level for the first time.

The IPACSL is the guiding mechanism advising the National Intellectual Property Office under the Minister of Industry and Commerce on matters on IP & patents and their future direction.

Dr Swaminathan, a longstanding advisor of IPACSL, was himself a former Chairperson of it at one time-in 1989-90 functioning under the then Trade and Shipping Minster R. Mansoor.

Dr Swaminathan holds LLB (Ceylon), LLM, M. Phil. (Colombo and LLD (Honoris Causa) Degrees and is an Attorney-at-Law and in the legal profession for over 50 years. He is the Precedent Partner of Messrs. Julius & Creasy and is a Member of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka and Former Member of the Council of Legal Education.

He is also a Member of the Company Law Advisory Commission and Intellectual Property Law Advisory Commission, in addition holding many other high tier appointments in the legal sphere of Sri Lanka.

Ministry of Industry and Commerce announced that Rs 100 million has been allocated by his Ministry for work on Sri Lanka’s accession to the Madrid Protocol.

Sri Lanka’s Madrid Protocol accession will open doors for the country’s brands to register their trademarks in a single filing across multiple jurisdictions, activated at the same time, and affords strong IP protection for Lankan brands at global level for the first time.

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