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How is the registration process through the Madrid System?

Before starting the process, it must be verified that the holder complies with the requirements. To see the requirements, enter 'What are the requirements to be able to extend the filing/registration of a trademark through the Madrid System?'

If the holder meets the requirements, the registration process through the Madrid System is divided into two steps:

Step 1 - Trademark Comprehensive Study. This step is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. You can order a comprehensive study for registration in each of the countries where you wish to extend the trademark registration application (designated countries). The reports will be prepared by trademark specialists and will guide you on the advisability of extending the registration application in each country. The report includes: study of classes according to your products/services, search for trademarks by graphic and phonetic similarity, as well as an attorney's analysis and opinion on the chances of registration.

Step 2 - Trademark Registration Request through the Madrid System. This service includes:

  • The submission, in the base country, of the application for registration through the Madrid System. We will send you a report and a scanned copy of the application.
  • Since it is a process that takes several months, the service includes monitoring the status of the process, which will go through the following stages:
    • Stage 1: The Office of Origin (from the base country) certifies the international application and sends it to WIPO.
    • Stage 2: WIPO will conduct the formal examination of the application. Once approved, it records the trademark in the International Register and publishes it in its Gazette. Then, it notifies the trademark offices of each country where trademark registration is sought.
    • Stage 3: National or regional trademark offices conduct a substantive examination of the registration application, according to the legislation of each country, and decide whether to grant the registration. The offices have a period of 18 months to inform WIPO of grounds for refusal or oppositions. After this period, WIPO records the decisions of the national or regional trademark offices in the International Register.

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