Estonia Becomes the Second Baltic Country to Offer Madrid E-Filing to its Applicants
June 11, 2019
Following the launch of Madrid e-filing in the Lithuanian IP Office in February, the IP Office of Estonia becomes the second Baltic State and the third Member this year to offer Madrid e-filing to its trademark community.
Joining on June 10, 2019, the Estonian Patent Office can now experience a range of additional benefits – not least a far simpler and reassuringly secure online application process.
About 80% of Estonian applicants already use electronic filing for national trademark applications. They will now be able to secure protection of their marks internationally more quickly, and widen their geographical scope more effectively, through the Madrid System.
The translation tool for goods and services (into the defined filing language), and compliance checks for the Nice Classification, are proving highly popular features with all new and existing users.
Applications via Madrid e-filing are also more cost-effective than paper applications, and include national fees in just one single payment to WIPO.
Finally, the latest release of Madrid e-filing provides a new feature allowing applicants and IP offices to respond to WIPO irregularity letters.
Other key benefits include:
- Reduced application irregularities, thanks to the national IP office’s database prepopulating key information.
- Direct access to the Madrid Goods & Services Manager for listing goods and services, and eligibility across 35 Contracting Parties of the Madrid Protocol.
- A streamlined certification process at the Office of Origin.
- Synchronized filing with WIPO.
- Live application status displayed in the e-filing dashboard.
- One service for the whole registration process.
How to use the Madrid e-filing service
- Log on at the Estonian Patent Office website.
- Enter the basic mark/application reference and check the prepopulated application (based on data from the Estonian IP Office’s records).
- Select designated Contracting Parties and goods and services for protection.
- Update mark, holder, representative and language correspondence details.
- Pay the fees using a WIPO Current Account or credit card.
Upon validation, the system sends the application directly to WIPO for registration.
- Respond to irregularity letters when necessary.
- Receive your international registration number.