Madrid Protocol

The Madrid Protocol is one of two treaties comprising the Madrid System for international registration of trademarks.  The protocol is a filing treaty.  The World Intellectual Property Organization's International Bureau administers the Madrid System and coordinates the transmittal of requests for protection, renewals and other relevant documentation to all members. The Madrid Protocol may simplify subsequent management of the mark due to name changes, assignments and the like.  Currently 93 countries and regions belong to the protocol.

The Protocol may provide a cost-effective and efficient way for trademark owners to ensure protection for their marks in multiple countries through the filing of one application with a single trademark office, in one language, with one set of fees, in one currency. Although no local agent is needed to file the application in a designated country, one frequently is required when a refusal or objection is raised.  While an International Registration may be issued, each country designated for protection retains the right to determine whether a mark may be registered in the designated country.  Once the trademark office in a designated country grants protection, the mark is protected in that country just as if that office had registered it. 

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