How to file your application: Basic requirements

You may file an international application provided you meet the following two requirements:

1. Entitlement

You must:

  • have a business in a Contracting Party, or
  • be domiciled in a Contracting Party, or
  • be a national of a Contracting Party

The Office of the Contracting Party with which you have the necessary connection is your Office of Origin. This office acts as your intermediary for filing an international application.

To check your entitlement to file an international application under the Madrid system, use the International Application Simulator.

2. Basic application/registration (“basic mark”)

You must have already applied for or registered a mark with your Office of Origin. This application or registration is known as the "basic mark".