On 25 July 2014 the Trademarks (Amendment) Act, 876 of 2014 came into force in Ghana, but the authorities have only just announced that this is the case, and the Registry has only just been made aware of the situation.

The most important change is the incorporation of the Madrid Protocol into the national law. Ghana joined the Madrid Protocol in 2008 but International Registrations designating Ghana have been unenforceable until now.

It remains to be seen how the Registry will process International Registrations, and whether it will process designations filed prior to 25 July 2014. As the new Act is not retrospective, the status of International Registrations designating Ghana which were filed before 25 July 2014 is open to doubt.