How to Monitor your International Application: Final decisions after a provisional refusal

If an Office issues a provisional refusal of your mark, it must follow-up with a final decision. There is no time limit for the Office to issue this final decision. The timing of the final decision will depend on whether or not you have challenged the provisional refusal.

1. Positive outcome - Office grants protection of your mark for all or some of the goods and services listed in your international registration

  • Sample Statement of Grant of Protection Following a Provisional Refusal PDF, Sample Statement of Grant of Protection Following a Provisional Refusal

2. Negative outcome - Office confirms a total provisional refusal of your mark

  • Sample Confirmation of Total Provisional Refusal PDF, Sample Confirmation of Total Provisional Refusal
  • Note: in some cases, you may be able to appeal this final decision to a higher judicial or administrative body, such as a Board of Appeals or Court. This will depend on the domestic laws of that member. Use the Member Profiles Database to learn more about members’ review and appeal procedures.
For further information, please refer to paragraphs B.II.27.01 to 28.01 of the Guide to the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol PDF, Madrid Guide.