International Trademark Registration: Requirements of Madrid Protocol
The UAE’s adoption of the Madrid Protocol has been a significant step forward in encouraging economic cooperation and allowing brand owners to register their trademarks all over the world by filing a single worldwide application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in one language.
The Madrid method offers a straightforward and cost-effective solution to the problem of protecting trademarks in many countries for UAE brand owners. The UAE Ministry of Economy has yet to publicly release the Madrid Protocol’s norms and guidelines, as well as implementation procedures. Before starting with the Madrid Protocol, brand owners must first grasp the eligibility conditions.
Eligibility Conditions for Madrid Protocol
Brand owners must first assess whether they should apply for international trademark registration under the Madrid Protocol. The assessment must be based on certain predefined eligibility conditions set out by the WIPO. You can seek the help of trademark agents in Dubai to assess your eligibility. The key eligibility conditions are stated below:
Determine the Applicant’s Nationality
The applicant must meet at least one of the following prerequisites to be eligible to use the Madrid application:
The applicant must be a citizen or a resident of the state in which he wishes to register the mark. If you are an Australian national or operate a business in Australia, for example, your connection in Australia, and your trademark should be filed with the Australian Intellectual Property Office. A real and functional industrial or commercial establishment in the territory of a Contracting Party or the territory where the applicant wishes to register the mark is required.
Make a list of the countries you want to visit for registration
The Madrid protocols provide protection to 122 countries; brand owners must first choose which countries they want to register in. The Madrid protocol is only extended to the designated countries; if a person wishes to apply in a country that is not listed in the Madrid protocol, they must submit a national-by-national application. As a result, make a list of nations and see if they are covered by the Madrid system.
Obtain the Registration Basics application
If you meet the aforementioned conditions to join the Madrid System, you must first establish a basic mark in the UAE before filing with the Madrid System through the UAE trademark office. The Madrid method bases all overseas applications on your home country trademark application.
The Key Steps in International Trademark Registration
WIPO examines a trademark application in three steps. Consult with trademark agents in Dubai to execute each step accurately. The three steps are:
First Stage: File a WIPO Application
Once you’ve met the following conditions for a trademark, the next step is to register a Wipo application. Eligible applicants can use the Madrid e-Filing system to file an international application. This system offers a simple step-by-step process for calculating fees, including the WIPO filing fee and the fee for each contracting party that has been designated. However, it is advisable to seek the assistance of local Trademark Agents in Dubai, who have extensive experience dealing with the WIPO system.
Second Stage: Examination by the WIPO in Second Stage
WIPO conducts a formal evaluation for international applications. The information submitted in the application is solely checked by WIPO. Your mark is registered in the International Register and published in the WIPO Gazette of International Marks if your application meets formal requirements. At this point, you have obtained an International Registration. As mentioned in your worldwide application, WIPO will issue you a certificate of registration and notify the IP Offices in all of the territories where you intend to have your mark protected.
Third STAGE: Trademark examination at a National Level
After receiving notification from the WIPO, the IP offices in the regions where we have applied for a trademark will perform a substantive assessment of your trademark in accordance with their laws. Within 12 to 18 months, each agency will evaluate whether or not your trademark can be protected in their jurisdiction. WIPO will keep you updated on their judgments. If an IP Office refuses to protect your mark in whole or in part, this decision will have no bearing on the decisions of other IP offices. If your trademark is accepted by an IP office, it will be granted protection. For ten years, your worldwide trademark registration will be valid in each specified contracting party. You have the option to renew the contract.
How can you benefit from Jitendra Intellectual Property?
It is critical to select local trademark agents with extensive experience dealing with Madrid applications, such as Jitendra Intellectual Property (JIP). We will gladly walk you through both the national and Madrid procedures, making the entire process straightforward and seamless. We at JIP can help you through the process of registering a trademark with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) with maximum efficiency and customized services. All registration services will be professionally managed if you choose our services. If you have any issues with your trademark application, please contact us.