Madrid System: Managing International Trademark Registrations – Change Ownership

Use "Change ownership" under eMadrid to request a total (all goods and services in all designated Members) or partial (some goods and services, in some designated Members) change in ownership. You can also appoint a new representative and add an address for correspondence at the same time.

Tip! You can request total change in ownership of multiple international registrations so long as you are transferring them all to the same new holder. For partial change in ownership, you must submit one request per international registration.

Important! The new owner (total or partial) must be a national of – or have a business or domicile in a Madrid System Member PDF, Madrid System members.

Video: How to change ownership

How does it work?

  1. Select ‘Change ownership’ in eMadrid and log in with your WIPO Account.
  2. Indicate whether you want to perform a total or partial change.
  3. Search and select the international registration(s) for which the transaction applies.
  4. Enter the details of the transferor and the transferee, and – if applicable – the name of any new representative(s) and an address for correspondence.
  5. Complete all required fields and check the information submitted.
  6. Select your preferred payment method (Current Account at WIPO or credit card).
  7. Sign electronically and submit the request.

You do not need to provide any supporting documents when requesting a change in ownership.

What happens after you submit your request?

Important! If the WIPO Account email address you used to access ‘Change in ownership’ does not match the one we have on record for your international registration, we will send a Change in Ownership authorization request to the on-record email address of the representative, if any. Otherwise, we will send the authorization request to the on-record email address of the holder.

If we do not receive authorization within 14 days, we will cancel the request.

We will send you an email confirmation with a WIPO reference number. You can track the status of your request in real-time online using "Monitor your Registration" under eMadrid.

How much does it cost?

The fee for a total or partial change in ownership is 177 Swiss francs.

Madrid System forms

You can still request a change in ownership using downloadable Madrid System form MM5. However, we strongly recommend that you do this online through eMadrid.

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