Wednesday, October 25 2023   \  Published by JD Supra.

International Trademark Registration: The Madrid System (WIPO)

International Trademark Registration: The Madrid System (WIPO)

The blog post, “What are the Types of Trademarks,” explained the distinction between Trademarks, Service Marks, State Marks, Federal Marks, and Common Law Marks, which are common types of protection for marks in the United States. This blog post concentrates on protecting marks outside of the United States. While there is no such thing as an “International Trademark” or “International Trademark Registration”, there is a single filing authority that allows a trademark owner to start the process of obtaining trademarks in foreign countries through an initial “International Registration,” under the auspices of the “Madrid Protocol” through the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). This blog post covers three ways to obtain a foreign registration for trademarks while focusing on the most common and least expensive means to register a US trademark in foreign countries. It is important to remember that the filing strategy for foreign marks is complicated and inextricably linked to the business purpose of the trademark filing. JD Supra

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