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Why is it necessary to register my trademark in more than one territory if I’m based in one country?

Intellectual property law is limited to the country in which you registered your trademark as no country has jurisdiction over another.  If you are operating an enterprise that transacts business online or exports to other countries and territories, you may be putting your trademark, business name and brand at risk by not registering a priority claim trademark in those territories.  Without a registration in those territories, your trademark is not protected and can be used by other entities.

There are three regional organizations that do allow trademark registration that is effective in multiple countries: The European Union (EUIPO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), and the Organization Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle (OAPI).

To see more information about which countries are included in the following organizations please click on their respective links:

European Union (EUIPO)
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)
Organization Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle (OAPI)

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