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Madrid – The International Trademark System

The Madrid System is a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trademarks worldwide. File a single application and pay one set of fees to apply for protection in up to 114 countries. Modify, renew or expand your global trademark portfolio through one centralized system.

You can use the Madrid System if you have a personal or business connection to one of the System’s members. This means you must either: be domiciled, have an industrial or commercial establishment in, or be a citizen of one of the 114 countries covered by the Madrid System's 98 members. Find out what users say about the Madrid System.

The cost of an international trademark registration includes the basic fee (653 Swiss francs*), plus additional costs depending on the nature of your mark, where you want to protect it, and how many classes of goods and services will be covered by your registration.

For example, to register a trademark in both India and the European Union, with no color elements and for one class of goods, the total cost will be 1'612 Swiss francs [653 basic fee + 62 (one class in India) + 897 (one class in the European Union)].

Additional fees apply for the modification, expansion and renewal of your trademark portfolio.

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* If you file your application in the IP Office of a Least Developed Country (LDC), your basic fee will be reduced by 90% (to 65 Swiss francs).

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Using the Madrid System

The Madrid System supports you throughout the lifecycle of your trademark, from application through to renewal. Use these guides to find out more about how to search for existing trademarks before you apply for protection, how to file an international application, and how to manage your international trademark registration.

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Video: An introduction to the International Trademark System.

How to

Search before filing

Before filing an international application, you should search to find out if identical or similar marks already exist in your target markets. Use this guide to find out how to search WIPO’s Global Brand Database before filing your application, as well as how to locate the trademark registers of national and regional trademark Offices.

File an international application

Before filing an international application PDF, international application form, you must have already registered or applied for a mark in your "home" IP Office. Learn more about the process, including your eligibility to use the Madrid System, how to complete your application form, required fees, and how to track the status of your application as it moves through the examination process.

Monitor an international application or registration

Once you've filed an international application with your "home" trademark office, it will be certified and sent to WIPO for examination. Learn more about the stages of the international registration process (including the roles played by WIPO and each national/regional trademark office) – including a preview of the types of documents you may receive along the way.

Manage your trademark registration

Once your trademark is registered, you can easily manage it through one centralized system. Find out how to renew or cancel, extend the geographical scope of protection, transfer ownership or appoint a representative, and learn more about the forms required for your requests.

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Current members

Current members of the Madrid Union have duties as both an Office of Origin and an Office of a designated Contracting Party. Learn more about members' obligations, as well as helpful tools like Madrid System statistics, 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.

Working Group and Madrid Assembly

Members of the Madrid System meet annually in the Working Group and the Madrid Union Assembly to discuss various matters, with the aim to improve the Madrid System for all users. Find out more about past and upcoming meetings.

Contacts

Madrid Customer Service opening hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Geneva time).

General inquiries / submitting forms

International registration/application queries

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

 

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