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Limitation, Renunciation and Cancellation

All international registrations can be subject to a restriction of the geographical scope of protection or the area of protection. This type of change requires the recording of the following restrictions:

  • A limitation is a procedure designed to remove goods and services in respect of all or some designated members of the Madrid Union in an international registration. The request for limitation should be submitted, in one copy, on form MM6.  The form may be presented to the International Bureau by the holder or through their Intellectual Property Office.
  • A renunciation is a procedure intended to abandon the effects of an international registration for all the goods and services in respect of some of the designated members of the Union. The request for renunciation should be submitted, in one copy, on form MM7. The form should be presented to the International Bureau by the holder of via their Intellectual Property Office. However, where the renunciation concerns a country designated under the Madrid Agreement, the request should be presented to the International Bureau through the holder’s Office.
  • A cancellation is a procedure to cancel the effects of an international registration for all or some of the goods and services in respect of all the designated members in a given registration. The request for cancellation should be submitted, in one copy, on form MM8. The form should be presented to the International Bureau by the holder or through their Intellectual Property Office. However, where the cancellation concerns a country designated under the Madrid Agreement, the request should be presented to the International Bureau through the holder’s Office.

The above forms may be filed in English, French or Spanish. However, where an international registration was published either in French, or in English and French only, it must be drafted in French or in one of the two publication languages. The database « Madrid Express » provides information on the publication status of international registrations.

For all queries on presenting an above request to an Intellectual Property Office of a given member of the Madrid Union, please refer to « Information concerning Natonal or Regional Procedures before IP Offices under the Madrid System » or contact the Office in question (Directory of Intellectual Property Offices).

Detailed information on limitations, renunciations and cancellations can be found in paragraphs B.II.53.01-58.05 of the Guide to the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol [PDF].

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