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How to file your application: Filing

Once you have applied for or obtained a basic mark before an Office of origin, you can file an international application.

To do so, use one of the following forms, available in English, French and Spanish, as appropriate:

  • Form MM1, for an international application governed exclusively by the Madrid Agreement;
  • Form MM2, for an international application governed exclusively by the Madrid Protocol;
  • Form MM3, for an international application governed by both the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.

To determine which form to use, go to the International Application Simulator.

An international application must contain, inter alia, the following information:

  • A reproduction of the mark, which must be identical to the one in the basic application or registration;
  • The designation of the contracting parties – as many as desired – in which the mark is to be protected. Note that designating the contracting party of which the office is the applicant’s office of origin is not permitted.
  • A list of the goods and services for which the mark is to be protected, taking into consideration the fact that the list must be identical to or narrower than the list in the basic application or registration.

The list of goods and services should be classified in accordance with the latest International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification). For this purpose, the use of the Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS) is recommended.

Note that the list of goods and services cannot subsequently be expanded or broadened to cover additional goods and services, not even ones mentioned in the basic mark.

  • The fees to be paid to obtain an international registration consist of:
    • A basic fee;
    • A supplementary fee (depending on the number of classes of goods and services); and
    • Complementary or individual fees depending on the designated contracting parties.

The basic fee is reduced to 10% of the prescribed amount for international applications filed by applicants whose office of origin is that of a least developed country (LDC), in accordance with the list established by the United Nations.

The Fee Calculator tool can be used to estimate the cost of the international application.

The forms MM1, MM2 or MM3 must be sent to the Office of origin. It must not be sent directly to the International Bureau.

For further information on international applications, 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.

 

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