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WIPO/PUB/455/2016

Guide to the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol (2016)

This Guide is primarily intended for applicants and holders of international registrations of marks, as well as officials of the competent administrations of the Member States of the Madrid Union. It leads them through the various steps of the international registration procedure and explains the essential provisions of the Madrid Agreement, the Madrid Protocol and the Common Regulations.

Publication year: 2016

WIPO/PUB/418

The Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks

Objectives, Main Features, Advantages

The Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks is governed by two treaties: the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, which dates from 1891, and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement, which was adopted in 1989, entered into force on December 1, 1995, and came into operation on April 1, 1996. Common Regulations under the Agreement and Protocol also came into force on that date. The Madrid System is administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which maintains the International Register and publishes the WIPO Gazette of International Marks.

Publication year: 2016

WIPO/PUB/204/2016

Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks

Regulations as in force on April 1, 2016

The system of international registration of marks is governed by the Madrid Agreement. The Protocol relating to that Agreement aims at rendering the Madrid system more flexible and more compatible with the domestic legislation of certain countries which had not been able to accede to the Agreement.

Publication year: 2016