International registrations under the Madrid Protocol (WIPO)

International trademark registrations are registrations conducted under an agreement called the Madrid Protocol. The system is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Who can apply?

In Finland, international registrations can be applied for by Finnish citizens, or by natural or legal persons with a domicile, registered office or company in Finland. In addition, you must have a Finnish trademark registration, or an application pending in Finland, for the mark in question. That is called a basic registration or basic application. The international registration must be consistent with the basic registration or basic application.

How can I apply?

Use a WIPO form and file your application in English with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH).

In the application, you must designate those of the Madrid Protocol member countries in which you are applying for trademark protection. The registration will be validated in the designated countries where there are no obstacles to the registration under their laws. As a result, your application may take effect in some of the designated member countries, although there were obstacles to the registration in others.

File your international application with the PRH. We will examine and certify the international application and check that it is consistent with your Finnish registration or application. This means that you cannot file an international application for anything that you have not already applied for or registered nationally.

Once we have checked that your application is consistent, we will send it to WIPO in Switzerland. WIPO will record the application in its International Trademark Register. In addition, WIPO will forward the application to the countries you have designated in the application. Each of the designated countries will then process your application in compliance with its own trademark legislation.

Please observe: The validity of your international registration will be dependant for five years on the validity of your Finnish basic registration or basic application (the Central Attack rule). Every change in the basic registration or basic application during this period will also affect the international registration. For example, if you limit the scope of protection, i.e. the list of goods, of your Finnish registration, the list of goods of the international registration will be limited in the same way. Or, if your Finnish basic application is rejected, the international registration will unfortunately be cancelled as well.

TMclass database

When compiling the list of goods and services of your international trademark registration in English, you can make use of the TMclass classification database.

Read further instructions on how to use the database on the TMclass website. The database includes a feature that helps you translate the Finnish and Swedish classification terms of goods and services found in the database into English.

Bear in mind that the list of goods and services of the international registration cannot be more extensive than the list of goods and services covered by your Finnish registration or application.

Madrid Goods & Services Manager

When compiling the list of goods and services of your international trademark registration in English, you can also make use of the MGS classification database maintained by WIPO.

Read further instructions on how to use the database on the MGS website. The database includes a feature that helps you check whether the classification terms of goods and services found in the database are acceptable in WIPO or in the designated countries.

Bear in mind that the list of goods and services of the international registration cannot be more extensive than the list of goods and services covered by your Finnish registration or application.

Subsequent application or designation

Once your international trademark has been registered, you as the owner can at any time file an application to extend the protection to new countries. That may be necessary, for example when your company is entering new markets or when new countries of interest to you join the Madrid Protocol.

How long will the registration be valid?

The international registration will be valid for ten years, and you can renew it every ten years. You can renew your registration with WIPO via a centralised system, so you do not need to do it separately in each designated country.

Which countries are covered by the registration?

The registration covers the countries that you have designated in your application and that have approved and validated the mark. The Madrid Protocol is in effect in about 80 countries. New countries join the system every now and then. See the current member countries on the WIPO website: http://www.wipo.int/madrid/en/members/.

What does it cost?

The fees charged by WIPO and each individual country are listed in Swiss francs on the WIPO website.

In addition, we at the PRH charge a fee for the receipt of your application for an international registration. See our price lists and payment instructions.

Romarin database

Information on the trademarks in the International Register maintained by WIPO is available in the Romarin database.

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Latest update 30.12.2016