What is the difference between the Madrid System and WIPO?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

WIPO, or the World Intellectual Property Organization, is one of the self-funding agencies of the United Nations. WIPO has 193 members to this date.

The agency administers 26 different international treaties concerning diverse intellectual property issues.

WIPO provides a policy forum that helps to frame intellectual property rules and global services aimed at IP protection. Moreover, it functions as a source of IP knowledge and information and allows cooperation programs and infrastructure that help connect IP systems.

The Madrid System is a solution of WIPO, allowing trademark holders to extend their base applications/registration internationally using one application and one legal representative.

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