Is the Madrid Protocol the same thing as the Madrid System?

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Written by Igor Demcak

CEO & Legal Mind

No, the Madrid Protocol is not the same thing as the Madrid System, but they are closely related components of the broader international trademark registration framework.

The Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks is the overarching system that encompasses both the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. These are two separate international treaties that provide mechanisms for trademark owners to seek protection for their trademarks in multiple countries through a single application.

Both the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol share the same central administration through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the same general principles of allowing trademark owners to seek international trademark protection. However, the Madrid Protocol has become more popular and widely used due to its broader geographical coverage.

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