Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks
What Users Say about the Madrid System [video]
How to use the Madrid system to seek the protection of your mark abroad [online tool]
The Madrid system for the international registration of marks (the Madrid system) established in 1891 functions under the Madrid Agreement (1891), and the Madrid Protocol (1989). It is administered by the International Bureau of WIPO located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Thanks to the international procedural mechanism, the Madrid system offers a trademark owner the possibility to have his trademark protected in several countries by simply filing one application directly with his own national or regional trademark office (members of the Madrid Union available in PDF). An international mark so registered is equivalent to an application or a registration of the same mark effected directly in each of the countries designated by the applicant. If the trademark office of a designated country does not refuse protection within a specified period, the protection of the mark is the same as if it had been registered by that Office. The Madrid system also simplifies greatly the subsequent management of the mark, since it is possible to record subsequent changes or to renew the registration through a single procedural step. Further countries may be designated subsequently.
News on Madrid System
- New version of the Madrid Goods & Services Manager (MGS) and Promotional Video (May 2, 2013)
- Seminar on the Madrid System of International Registration of Marks - Geneva, June 3 and 4, 2013 (Apr 18, 2013)
- WIPO at the 135th INTA Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas (Mar 25, 2013)
- Your opinion counts. Please help us improve our services and reply to nine questions about three Madrid online communication services (Madrid Real-time Status (MRS), Madrid Electronic Alert (MEA), Madrid Portfolio Manager (MPM)) (Nov 27, 2012)
- Seminar on the Madrid System of International Registration of Marks - Geneva, November 6 and 7, 2012 (Oct 1, 2012)
On several occasions, the attention of the International Bureau has been drawn to the fact that certain organizations are sending letters to the owners of international registrations, inviting them to register their marks in publications which appear to be of an official nature. The International Bureau warns the owners of international registrations and their agents that such a publication has absolutely no legal effect in regard to the protection of the said marks and is therefore unnecessary. Further information