Madrid Protocol, Trademark registration, International Trademark

Madrid Protocol: Countries covered for Trademark Registration

Countries covered under Trademark Registration Madrid Protocol

 

What is Madrid Protocol?

The Madrid Protocol is an international system for obtaining trademark protection for many countries and/or regions using a single application. Protection (an “International Registration”) can only be obtained for countries and regions which have joined the system (member countries), and these are listed below.

 

An international treaty that allows a trademark owner to seek registration in any of the countries. is called Madrid Protocol. In simple words The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty designed to simplify the international trademark registration process.

 

International Registrations give a bundle of rights administered centrally via the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Switzerland.

 

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International Trademark Registration Process

The Madrid Protocol system allows you to obtain and maintain protection for your brand around the world by providing a user friendly, expeditious and cost-effective set of procedures for the central filing of trade mark applications and the central management of trade mark registrations with effects in various countries.

 

International trademark registration process involves three simple steps as follows:

1. Single Filing to seek protection in various Territories

Under the Madrid Protocol, applications for international registrations must be filed with the Applicant’s home country’s trademark office and must indicate the prior filed home country application or registration upon which the international application is based.  For example, International trademark registration for India, the Applicant should register first in India, Based on the Indian trade mark, an international application shall be filed, online, at the IP India’s website designating all or some of the members of the Madrid Union where you wish your mark to be protected. The application can be filed in either English, French or Spanish.

2. Notification to the designated countries

Thereafter the particulars of the international registration are notified by WIPO to each of the designated Members of the Madrid Union. The Madrid Union members have to decide within very strict time limits whether they can grant protection to your mark in their territories.

3. Trademark Registration

In case, any designated member does not communicate any objection within a period of 18 months from the date of notification of the international registration to it, the mark under international registration, is deemed protected within the territory of that member, as if the same has been registered directly with the IP office of that member.

 

Once the trademark is granted in designated countries, a trademark owner only needs to file a single request with WIPO to renew the international registration when required, which would take effect in all designated member countries.

 

Similarly, fulfilling other formalities such as recording assignments, licenses, securities, mergers and changes of name and/or address etc. only require a single request for each of them. This further simplifies maintaining and managing trademarks in several countries and results in considerable cost savings.

 

Member Countries under Madrid Protocol

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), provides a cost-effective single application system for obtaining and maintaining trademark registrations in up to 124 member countries. The Madrid Union currently has 108 members, covering 124 countries.

 

A list of all 108 members of the Madrid Protocol 

Afghanistan

Germany

Oman

African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)

Ghana

Pakistan

Albania

Greece

Philippines 

Algeria

Hungary

Poland

Antigua and Barbuda

Iceland

Portugal

Armenia

India

Republic of Korea

Australia

Indonesia

Republic of Moldova

Austria

Iran

Romania

Azerbaijan

Ireland

Russian Federation

Bahrain

Israel

Rwanda

Belarus

Italy

Samoa

Belgium

Japan

San Marino

Bhutan

Kazakhstan

Sao Tome and Principe

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kenya

Serbia

Botswana

Kyrgyzstan

Sierra Leone

Brazil

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Singapore

Brunei Darussalam

Latvia

Slovakia

Bulgaria

Lesotho

Slovenia

Cambodia

Liberia

Spain

Canada

Liechtenstein

Sudan

China

Lithuania

Sweden

Colombia

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Croatia

Madagascar

Syrian Arab Republic

Cuba

Malawi

Tajikistan

Cyprus

Malaysia

Thailand

Czech Republic

Mexico

Trinidad and Tobago

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Monaco

Tunisia

Denmark

Mongolia

Turkey

Egypt

Montenegro

Turkmenistan

Estonia

Morocco

Ukraine

Eswatini

Mozambique

United Kingdom

European Union

Namibia

United States of America

Finland

Netherlands

Uzbekistan

France

New Zealand

Vietnam

Gambia

North Macedonia

Zambia

Georgia

Norway

Zimbabwe

International Trademark Registration fees

International trademark registration fees under Madrid Protocol comprises of, the basic fee, a complementary fee for each Contracting Party designated and a supplementary fee for each class of goods and services in excess of three. For certain contracting parties, the complementary fee is replaced by an “individual fee”.  To confirm whether or not a Contracting Party applies the individual fee.

 

International trademark registration fees in India starts from 35,000/- but may vary according to the terms and conditions of each application.

 

If you are an Indian company, society, trust, firm, sole proprietor or any other entrepreneur, you can take advantage of the Indian trademark registration in India through Madrid Protocol to protect your brand in many countries around the world, following a simple and cost-effective procedure for filing your trademark applications and managing your trade mark registrations abroad.

 

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