Algeria acceded to the Madrid Protocol on July 31, 2015. The Protocol entered into force with respect to Algeria on October 31, 2015. As Algeria was the last remaining Contracting Party of the Madrid Union to be a member of the Madrid Agreement only, the Protocol is now in force in every Contracting Party of the Madrid Union, which allows for a merging of the two agreements. Therefore, there is now just one agreement governing the international registration of trademarks, and a single application form may be used for all Madrid System applications.
The Gambia acceded to the Madrid Protocol on September 18, 2015. With respect to The Gambia, the Protocol will enter into force on December 18, 2015. The Republic of The Gambia has notified the Director General of WIPO that an ex officio provisional refusal notified to the International Bureau by the Office of The Gambia is not open to review before that Office. Therefore, any such notification shall be deemed to include the confirmation of the said refusal, and may only be contested before an authority external to the Office.