The Madrid Agreement together with the Madrid Protocol forms the primary international filing system for trademarks in multiple jurisdictions around the world. No international trademark is issued; rather it creates a bundle of national trademarks, which are centrally administered. It offers the trademark holder the possibility of having his trademark protected in several countries with only one application, filed directly with his own national or regional trademark office. An international mark so registered is equivalent to an application or a registration of the same mark effected directly in each of the countries designated by the applicant. The Madrid system also simplifies greatly the subsequent management of the mark, since it is possible to record subsequent changes or to renew the registration.
Making body: Contracting Parties
Law Type: International Agreement
Access available: Freely available