Single Form for All Madrid System Applications
October 31, 2015
On October 31, 2015, the Madrid Protocol entered into force in Algeria, which was the last remaining Contracting Party of the Madrid Union to be a member of the Madrid Agreement only. As a result, the Protocol is now in force in every Contracting Party of the Madrid Union and a single application form is to be used for all Madrid System applications.
For practical purposes, the Madrid System now operates as a single treaty system, introducing a number of practical changes that streamline the process for the registration and management of marks.
Chief among these changes is the requirement to file all international applications using the MM2 International Application form. Forms MM1 and MM3 are no longer applicable and will not be available on the Madrid website. Any international application filed using forms MM1 or MM3 on or after October 31, 2015 will be considered irregular in accordance with the Common Regulations.