Madrid System – The International Trademark System

Protect and manage your trademarks abroad

What is the Madrid System?

The Madrid System is a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trademarks worldwide. File a single international trademark application and pay one set of fees to apply for protection in up to 131 countries. Modify, renew or expand your global trademark portfolio through one centralized system.

You can use the Madrid System if you are a national of – or have a domicile or business in – any of the 131 countries covered by the Madrid System's 115 members.
You must also already have – or have applied for – a national or regional trademark registration in the IP Office of a Madrid System Member.

Fees include:

  • a basic fee (653 Swiss francs; or 903 Swiss francs for a mark in color) (Note! A 90% reduction applies if you are filing an application in the IP Office of a least-developed country); and
  • additional fees depending on where you want to protect your mark, and how many classes of goods and services you want to cover.

To expand the geographical coverage of, or modify or renew your international registration you will have to pay additional fees.

Find out more


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Why use the Madrid System?

  • File one application for an international trademark registration, in one language.
  • Pay one set of fees, in one currency.
  • Secure trademark protection in up to 130 markets simultaneously, covering more than 80% of world trade. 

How to use the Madrid System

The Madrid System supports you throughout the lifecycle of your trademark, from application through to renewal. Remember! You must also already have – or have applied for – a national or regional trademark registration in the IP Office of a Madrid System Member.

Video: Introduction to the International Trademark System

Searching trademarks

Search for identical or similar trademarks in your target markets before you file an international trademark application.

Filing international trademark applications

Learn all about filing and tracking international trademark applications.

Managing international trademark registrations

Manage your international trademark registration(s) using eMadrid. Find out how to change contact details, extend geographical scope of protection, transfer ownership, appoint a representative, renew a registration, and more.

eMadrid – Madrid System online services

Use eMadrid to file your applications and manage your trademark portfolio, in a secure and self-service environment.

Legal resources

Trademark statistics

Order certified documents from the International Register.

Madrid System education resources

Gain in-depth and practical knowledge of the Madrid System with our dedicated multimedia content.
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Public Madrid System webinars

Register for free, live webinars and interact with our experts. Access recordings of all webinars.

Madrid System In-Person Seminar

Join our twice-yearly In-Person Seminar to deepen your Madrid System knowledge and fine-tune your skills to create successful overseas trademark protection strategies.
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Madrid System success stories

From individual entrepreneurs and SMEs to large multinational corporations, find out how our customers use the Madrid System to support their global business expansion.
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Madrid System podcast

Learn about the History of the Madrid System in our podcast series "WIPOD – International Trademark System Talks".

Want to know more? Try our Madrid System Distance Learning course.

Resources for IP Offices of Madrid System members

Current Madrid System members

Madrid System members have duties as both an Office of Origin and an Office of a designated member. Learn more about members' obligations, and access helpful tools including the Madrid Office Portal, model forms and statistics on international applications and subsequent designations in progress.

Future Madrid System members

We help prospective members get ready for accession to the Madrid Protocol – the governing Treaty of the Madrid System. Find out more about the preparatory work required, and access tools developed specifically to help new members through the accession process.

Working Group & Madrid Assembly

Madrid System Members meet annually in the Working Group and the Madrid Union Assembly to discuss various matters, with the aim of improving the Madrid System for all users. Find out more about past and upcoming meetings.

Questions about the Madrid System?

Our Madrid System Customer Support team is on hand to answer your questions and guide you through trademark transactions and Madrid System services. 
Support hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00–18:00 (Geneva time).
Need to talk to someone? Call us: +41 22 338 86 86