How to Manage your International Registration: Requesting a Correction

In certain cases, you can request that WIPO correct an error recorded in the International Register.

Types of errors that can be corrected by WIPO

Only certain errors can be corrected by WIPO. In general, WIPO will only correct typographical or factual errors that meet the criteria outlined below.

Errors made by WIPO

If WIPO has made an error concerning an international registration, you may request a correction at any time.

Errors made by the holder or the holder's representative

WIPO will not correct errors made by the holder or the holder’s representative.

Errors made by an IP Office

WIPO will correct the following errors made by an IP Office, if the request for correction is received by WIPO within nine months from the date the error was published in the International Register (WIPO Gazette):

  • An error in an international registration resulting from a discrepancy between documents received by WIPO and those filed with the IP Office of a Contracting Party (member)
  • An error involving the list of Contracting Parties (members) designated in your international registration
  • An error involving the list of goods and services in your international trademark registration

WIPO will also correct minor typographical errors or spelling mistakes made by an IP Office, as long as such corrections do not impact the rights deriving from the international registration.

There is no time limit for this type of correction.

Types of errors that cannot be corrected by WIPO

Errors by the holder or holder’s representative

WIPO will not correct the following types of errors, if the errors are due to a mistake by the holder or the holder’s representative:

  • Errors concerning the list of designated Contracting Parties (members)
  • Errors concerning the list of goods and services

Errors concerning the classification of goods and services

WIPO will only correct an error in the classification of goods and/or services, if the goods and services were not correctly classified in accordance with the Nice Classification.

How can you request a correction?

If you identify an error in the International Register (based on the criteria above), there are two ways to submit a request for correction:

  • Use the Contact Madrid service (select “a correction” under My request concerns, then enter the details in the relevant field)
  • Complete Form MM21 (Request for the correction of a recording) and submit the form to WIPO through the Contact Madrid service
Disclaimer - Once you have submitted a request to WIPO via the Contact Madrid service (or through e-Renewal or e-Subsequent Designation), it cannot be retracted or modified under any circumstance. Please be sure to verify the content of your submission before finalizing your request.

How much does it cost?

A request for correction is free of charge

Requests for the correction of an error in the International Register are subject to Rule 28 of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Protocol Relating to that Agreement. For further information on subsequent designations, refer to paragraphs B.II.70.01 to 72.03 of the Guide to the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.