International Trademark Registration

By registering an international trademark you can ensure you receive a great level of protection across more than 80 territories worldwide.

About International Trademark Registration

An international trademark is a mark which is registered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) – Madrid System. The Madrid System is administered by WIPO and was designed specifically for the registration and protection of marks on an international scale.  The Madrid System complies with the Madrid Agreement 1891 and the Madrid Protocol 1989.

For a mark to be registered in a number of international countries under the Madrid System it must first be registered in the trademarks national or regional office. Once the mark has been approved and registered in the home jurisdiction, it can then apply to WIPO for international recognition. The Madrid System allows for protection in over 80 territories worldwide. The application for international trademark registration is permitted to be filed in the following languages; English, French or Spanish. The application should include the countries you wish to register your mark in, the application fee, and a representation of the registered mark.

International Trademark Renewals

Despite an international trademark being registered in a number of countries worldwide, renewing your mark can be achieved through one application to WIPO. An international trademark has a validity period of 10 years, with renewal permitted every 10 years thereafter, indefinitely. It is highly advisable to enlist the assistance of a professional consultancy for the registration and renewal of all marks.

International Trademark Search

Conducting an international search is done so that your mark is unique and complies with the applicable laws. Depending on the jurisdictions you wish to register your mark in, a comprehensive international trademark search will guarantee your mark is available and you own the rights to your mark in each jurisdiction.

Below are some of the most sought after jurisdictions for international registration:

View the selection of international Trademark Services that Starting Business can provide.

See our complete World Trademarks section