South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation popularly known as SAARC was established in December 1985 to promote mutual progress and development amongst seven (07) original members namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan became the 8th member of SAARC in April, 2007.
The SAARC Secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The combined economy of SAARC is 3rd largest in the world in the terms of GDP(PPP) after US & China and 8th largest in the terms of GDP(Nominal). The SAARC policies aim to promote welfare economics, collective self-reliance among the countries of South Asia, and to accelerate socio-cultural development in the region.
SAARC countries do not have a unified trademark filing system and protection of a trademark is necessarily by way of filing national applications with respective IP Offices. All the SAARC countries follow similar trademark registration procedure with slight differences excluding Maldives who do not have a statutory trademark law till date.
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