How to Manage your International Registration: License

Although it is not mandatory, you may choose to submit one single request (Form MM13) to record a trademark license in the International Register with effect in multiple countries (Contracting Parties).

You may submit Form MM13:

  • directly to WIPO
  • or through the holder's "home" IP Office (i.e., the Office of the Contracting Party of the holder); or
  • through the Office of a Contracting Party for which the license is granted.
Note: do not send supporting documents, such as copies of the license agreement, to WIPO.

What is the effect of recording a license in the International Register?

For some countries/regions, recording a license in the International Register has the same effect as registering a license directly with each national/regional IP Office.

However, in certain cases, recording a license in the International Register will have no effect in a particular country/region. A recording in the International Register has no effect in a country/region:

  • whose domestic laws do not provide for the recording of trademark licenses (Australia and New Zealand); or
  • that has made a declaration under Rule 20bis(6)(b), such that the recording of licenses in the International Register has no effect. In these countries/regions, the formalities required for recording a trademark license must be completed directly with the national/regional IP Office, in accordance with domestic laws (Afghanistan, African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Gambia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malawi, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Samoa, Singapore and Thailand).

How much does it cost?

The fee to record a license, or amend the recording of a license, is 177 Swiss francs.

For further information on licenses, please refer to paragraphs B.II.93.01 to 99.04 of the Guide to the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.