How to file your application: Form and content

Once you have applied for or registered a mark before your local Office, it can be used as the basic mark when filing an international application through the Madrid System.

To do so, Form MM2 1 (available in English, French and Spanish) must be used:

You must send the form MM2 to your local Office (Office of origin). Do not send this directly to WIPO.
All International Applications designating the United States of America must also include Form MM18 (Declaration of intention to use the mark).

E-Filing is available for international applications filed through the IP Offices of Australia and Benelux.

Your international application should contain at least the following information:

  • Name and address of the applicant;
  • A reproduction of the mark, which must be identical to your basic mark (your local application or registration);
  • Designation of the Contracting Parties in which the mark is to be protected. Note that you cannot designate the Contracting Party of your Office of origin;
  • A list of the goods and services for which the mark is to be protected. This list must be identical to or narrower than the list in the basic mark;
  • The international application fees.

For further detailed information you may consult the explanatory notes on the form MM2 PDF, Form MM2.

You should classify the list of goods and services in accordance with the latest International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification). For this purpose, use the Madrid Goods and Services Manager.

Note that you cannot expand or broaden the list of goods and services after you have submitted your international application, not even to cover goods and services mentioned in the basic mark. If you want to have a broader list, you would need to file a new international application.

For further information on international applications, please refer to paragraphs B.II.01.01 to 10.02 of the Guide to the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.

  1. Official forms MM1 and MM3 are no longer applicable since all members of the Madrid Union are at this time also members of the Protocol. All international applications shall be filed using the MM2 International Application form