What is the Madrid System?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

The Madrid System is a widely-used system for the international registration of trademarks. It allows trademark holders to seek protection for their trademarks in a large number of countries simultaneously.

Under the System, trademark owners can file a single international application for trademark registration through the trademark office of their home country or a regional intellectual property office (referred to as the "Office of Origin"). This application is then transmitted to WIPO. In the application, the owner can designate one or more member countries where they want protection for their trademark. These designated countries must also be parties to the System.

The Madrid System currently covers 120+ countries, including the European Union, China, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.

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