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Madrid – The International Trademark System

The Madrid System is a one stop solution for registering and managing marks worldwide.  File one application, in one language, and pay one set of fees to protect your mark in the territories of up to 98 members.  Manage your portfolio of marks through one centralized system.

Learn more about searching prior to filing, filing an application and managing a registration.

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For new users

How to search before filing

Before filing an international application, you can search WIPO and IP Office databases to find out if identical or similar marks already exist in markets of interest.  Use this guide find out how to search WIPO’s Global Brand Database, as well as how to locate IP Office databases.

How to file an application

Filing an international application requires that you have already registered or applied for a mark in your "home" IP Office.  Find out more about the process, including forms, fees, designating Contracting Parties and determining a list of goods and services.

How to manage a registration

Once your mark is registered, you can easily manage your rights through a single request.  Find out how to renew an international registration, extend the geographical scope of protection, transfer ownership or appoint a representative.

For IP Offices

Current members

Current members of the Madrid Union carry out a number of obligations as both an Office of Origin and as an Office of a designated Contracting Party. Access information on the obligations of members, as well as helpful tools including model forms and provisions.

Future members

Becoming a member of the Madrid Union requires preparation. WIPO is available to help prospective members get ready for accession to the Madrid Protocol. Find out more about the preparatory work required and access tools developed specifically to help new members through the accession process.


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General inquiries / submitting forms

Madrid Customer Service

International registration/application queries

Madrid Operations Teams

Select your office of origin/residence from the list and directly refer to the team indicated:


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