The Madrid Protocol has an established system of international registration of trademarks. The aim of the Madrid protocol is mainly to do away with the time it would take to submit a trademark application across multiple countries across the globe. The Madrid Protocol allows a trademark owner to seek protection for their trademark in multiple countries at the same time by filing one single application at just one office, and with one set of fees in one currency (Swiss franc). The Madrid Protocol is administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)in Geneva, Switzerland.
The international registration via Madrid protocol is valid for 10 years following the payment of the fees required by the International Bureau. 6 months before the expiry of every period the Bureau will send a reminder, notifying the trademark owner.
The registration can be renewed for additional periods of up to 10 years, following the payment of the renewal fees.
Act now! Renew your trademarks before they lapse!