How to file your international application: Form and content

Once you have applied for or registered a domestic mark with your Office of origin (in other words, once you have obtained a “basic mark”), you can file an international application under the Madrid System. This application must be submitted to your Office of origin, which will check that it corresponds with the particulars of your basic mark, certify the international application, and then submit it to WIPO.

Completing your international application

To file an international application, Form MM2 (available in English, French and Spanish) must be used. You can complete it by using the Madrid Application Assistant – which can retrieve all required information directly from the database of your local IP Office (Office of origin) – or by downloading and manually filling in Form MM2 1.

Madrid e-Filing is also available for international applications filed through several IP Offices. Find out more about Madrid e-Filing and participating offices.

WIPO recommends using the Madrid Application Assistant to complete international applications where online filing is not made available by the Office of origin.

You must submit your international application to your Office of origin. Do not send it directly to WIPO.
All international applications designating the United States of America must also include Form MM18 (Declaration of intention to use the mark).

For further detailed information consult the explanatory notes on the Form MM2 PDF, Form MM2, 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, pages 17 to 28 of "Making the most of the Madrid System" PDF, Making the most of the Madrid System, and Information Notice No. 23/2014 PDF, Information Notice No. 23/2014.

List of goods and services

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 & Services Manager.

Tip! Using the Madrid Application Assistant will save you time. The list of goods and services of your basic mark can be directly imported from your Office of origin’s database, translated automatically and checked for classification thanks to the integration of the Madrid Goods & Services Manager.
  • Examination guidelines concerning the classification of goods and services PDF, Examination guidelines concerning the classification of goods and services

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 broaden your list after submitting Form MM2, you will need to file a new international application.

  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