International Trade Mark Registration
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A trade mark registration is an important asset to any business but with the
companies increasing trading outside their national markets a UK or Community
trade mark is no longer the beginning and the end.
A good starting point for extending protection for your mark to countries
outside the EC is through the Madrid protocol. This enables owners of UK or
Community trade marks to extend protection for their marks to other countries
party to the Protocol (currently 71 countries) through the World Intellectual
Property Organisation (WIPO).
Most of the individual countries which make up the EU are also members of the
Protocol. Therefore excluding these countries brings the number of countries
available down to 47.
Popular countries which are members include Norway, Iceland, Switzerland,
USA, Australia, Japan, China and Singapore.
In order to take advantage of this system the details of your application
must match the details of your UK/ Community trade mark registration in all
material details i.e. mark, owner and classifications; it is possible to include
less classes but you can not add classes. If you want to move ahead with other
countries quicker than waiting for your UK or CTM registration would allow it is
also possible to use a UK or CTM application as the basis. However there is some
element of risk associated with using this option rather than using a
registration. This is due to the fact that the international application will be
wholly dependant on your UK/ CTM so that if for some reason you UK/CTM
application fails to reach registration, your international application will
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-05-18 20:35:43 in Legal Articles