ROMARIN: Frequently Asked Questions

Basics

ROMARIN is a searchable database giving access to information on international trademark registrations under WIPO’S Madrid System.

Users of ROMARIN include trademark attorneys, trademark owners, IP offices, researchers, students and the general public looking for more information on internationally registered trademarks.

Through a simple and intuitive user interface ROMARIN provides free of charge access to more than 600,000 international trademarks covering 96 jurisdictions, equivalent to some 4.2 million national registrations. ROMARIN includes all the substantive history of each registration, including refusals, grants of protection and cancellations.

ROMARIN is updated daily, with updates taking place overnight Geneva time (CET).

Inscriptions made in the International Register under the Madrid System become available in ROMARIN the day after the inscription takes place.

Details relating to Madrid System applications (as well as to designations made subsequent to an International Registration but that are yet to be inscribed in the International Register become available in ROMARIN within three days of receipt by WIPO (see Rule 33 of the Common Regulations).

ROMARIN is available in the three working languages of the Madrid System: French, English and Spanish.

ROMARIN does not include the complete prosecution history of an International Registration made under the Madrid System. For example, ROMARIN does not include the detail of all transfers of ownership; only the most recent transfer.

The new version of ROMARIN comes with a refreshed look and compatibility with mobile devices. New features include:

  • the ability to conduct searches and filter results based on expiry date
  • an easy-to-use preferences menu allows you to customize details and fields included in your search results
  • easy creation of a printout of events affecting a selected IP office in the “Full details” view.

Simple searches

Simply enter appropriate text into one or more of the search boxes. Make sure that you indicate the appropriate search operator (“and”, “or”, etc.) and click on the “search” button.

Many ROMARIN users undertake complex searches, using many criteria and varied Boolean logic. While all search criteria are made available by default, you can easily customize your personal ROMARIN profile to limit the number of search criteria they see.

You can find links to a number of useful resources on the Madrid System including:

  • Nice classification (link to the “International Classification of Goods and Services”)
  • Vienna classification (link to the “International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks”)
  • INID Codes (WIPO Standard ST.60 is the recommendation concerning bibliographic data relating to marks.)
  • Country/office codes (Standard ST.3 for Two-Letter Codes for the Representation of States, Other Entities and Organizations.)
  • Information on National or Regional Procedures before IP Offices relating to the Madrid System
  • Declarations made by Contracting Parties of the Madrid System under the Agreement, the Protocol and the Common Regulations

Advanced searches

The “Search” tab gives you quick access to the 15 most common search criteria. Using the “Advanced Search” tab, you can combine up to 30 search criteria in complex ways using Boolean logic. Nested brackets and the Boolean conditions “AND”, “OR” and “AND NOT” help you to create complex searches.

Browsing results

The search results are sorted by default based on the International Registration Number (IRN), but any other field column can be used for sorting according to your personal preferences.

Yes, in XML format. Simply click on the XML icon.

The “Full Details” tab provides all ROMARIN data pertaining to the International Registration under the Madrid System, while the “Summary” tab provides an abridged version of this data.

Under the “Office” tab, you can view ROMARIN data specific to a particular designated office. Finally, the “Documents” tab enables you to access certain decision documents (refusals, grants of protection) transmitted by designated IP offices.

All records where the registration includes figurative elements or non-Latin characters will have an image of the mark. For registrations consisting of unformatted Latin characters, the text of the mark is available.

Consult WIPO Standard ST.3, or follow the “Country/Office codes” link under the “Reference tools” tab.

Databases and search tools

  • Global Brand Database – The ROMARIN Database is fully integrated in the Global Brand Database.
  • Madrid Real-Time Status on-line tool – From the ROMARIN results screen (detail view), you can click on the Madrid Real-Time Status button to see the latest status of the International Registration under the Madrid System.
  • Databases of national and regional IP offices –ROMARIN is a database of marks registered with WIPO under the Madrid System, but entries found using ROMARIN may also be found in national and regional trademark databases of the country(ies) party to the Madrid System in which these international trademarks have been granted protection
  • The WIPO Gazette for International Marks – The WIPO Gazette for International Marks is the official weekly publication of the Madrid system and contains the latest data regarding new Madrid System registrations, renewals, subsequent designations, and modifications affecting existing registrations.

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