How to manage your international registration: Representatives

Appointment (or change) of a representative

You may appoint a person or company to act on your behalf to manage your international registration before WIPO.  A duly appointed representative can sign communications and carry out any other procedural steps in your place, and in general, WIPO will send all communications directly to the representative.

The Madrid System does not have any specific requirements concerning the professional qualifications, nationality, residence or domicile of appointed representatives. Therefore, there is no official list of representatives qualified to represent you before WIPO.

You may only by represented by one person or company at a time.

  • To appoint a representative, use Form MM12.
  • To change a representative, simply submit an updated Form MM12 with the name and details of the new representative.

You may submit Form MM12 directly to WIPO or through the holder's "home" IP Office (i.e., the Office of the Contracting Party of the holder).

How much does it cost?

Appointment (or change) of a representative is free of charge.

Updating a representative's name and/or contact information

To update the name and/or contact information of the appointed representative, use Form MM10 (Change in the name and/or address of the representative).

How much does it cost?

Updating a representative's name and/or contact information is free of charge.

Cancellation of a representative

The appointment of a representative may be cancelled by an applicant, holder, and/or by the representative itself.

In general, the cancellation will take effect from the date WIPO receives the request.

Cancellation can be requested by submitting a written letter signed by the applicant, holder or representative. The request should indicate the international application(s) or Registration(s) to which the cancellation applies.

If an applicant or holder appoints a new representative, WIPO will cancel any previously appointed representative.

How much does it cost?

Cancellation of a representative is free of charge.

Appointment of a local representative in a national/regional IP Office

To appoint a local representative in a designated Contracting Party, liaise directly with the Office of that Contracting Party.

For further information on representation before WIPO, see paragraphs B.I.09.01 to 12.08 of the Guide to the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol and pages 61 to 68 of “ Making the Most of the Madrid System”.