Madrid international trade mark system
Produced in partnership with Taylor Wessing LLP
Madrid international trade mark system

The following IP practice note produced in partnership with Taylor Wessing LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Madrid international trade mark system
  • Brexit
  • Contracting Parties
  • The applicant
  • Procedure on international application
  • Filing through the Office of origin
  • Language of the international application
  • Application form
  • Certification and signature by the Office of origin
  • Fees
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

This Practice Note provides a brief outline of the Madrid international trade mark system explaining the procedure for application and registration of international trade marks (IRs). It covers the role of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the Madrid Agreement 1891 and the related Madrid Protocol.

The IR procedure known as the Madrid System enables trade mark owners to register trade marks in a number of countries worldwide.

The Madrid System is based on two separate treaties:

  1. the Madrid Agreement 1891 (the Agreement)

  2. the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement (which came into operation on 1 April 1996) (the Protocol)

Each treaty provides for the international registration of trade marks for goods or services and is essentially a filing system. On the basis of a home registration or application for registration, a trade mark owner can apply to the WIPO in Geneva for

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