When should I apply through WIPO's Madrid System?

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Written by Igor Demcak

Founder & Trademark Attorney

Applying through the WIPO's Madrid System can be beneficial in certain situations. Here are a few scenarios where using the Madrid System might be advantageous:

  • Seeking trademark protection in multiple countries: If you intend to protect your trademark in several countries, especially across different regions or continents, the Madrid Protocol offers a convenient and cost-effective option. Instead of filing separate applications in each country, you can file a single international application through the Madrid System, designating the member countries where you seek protection.
  • Already have a home application or registration: The Madrid System allows for the "base" application or registration in a home country to serve as the foundation for international registration. If you have already filed a trademark application or obtained a registration in your home country, you can use it as the basis for an international application through the Madrid System. This simplifies the process and potentially reduces costs compared to filing individual applications in each desired country.
  • Centralized management and renewals: The Madrid System offers a centralized system for managing and renewing international trademark registrations. Once your trademark is registered through the Madrid System, you can make changes, record assignments or licenses, and renew your registration through a single procedure with WIPO. This centralized management can be more efficient and time-saving compared to managing separate registrations in each country.
  • Cost savings: Applying through the Madrid System can potentially result in cost savings compared to filing individual applications in multiple countries. The single application process and centralized administration can be more cost-effective, especially when seeking protection in multiple countries.

It is important to note that the decision to apply through the WIPO's Madrid System should be based on various factors, including your specific trademark protection needs, the countries where you seek protection, and your budget considerations.

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