Countries of the International trademark system

Published onOctober 2017

The International trademark system provides a variety of centralized administrative procedures to protect and manage a trademark in one or several member countries of the Madrid system (Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol).

The system of International registration of marks is administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), based in Geneva, Switzerland.

A basic mark, protected in the “home” IP office (French or Community trade mark for a French applicant) is needed to file an International trademark. During five years, the outcome of the International trademark is totally linked to the basic mark.

However, thanks to the centralization of administrative proceedings, the system offers a cheaper alternative than filing various national applications.

Here below are the countries and regions that may be designated by an International trademark registration:

  • AIPO** (African intellectual property Organization)
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Australia*
  • Austria*
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium*
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria*
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia*
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus*
  • Czech Republic*
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
  • Denmark*
  • Egypt
  • Estonia*
  • European Union
  • Finland*
  • France*
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany*
  • Ghana
  • Greece*
  • Hungary*
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia (as of January 2, 2018)
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Ireland*
  • Israel
  • Italy*
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)
  • Latvia*
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania*
  • Luxembourg*
  • Madagascar
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands*
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland*
  • Portugal*
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation (Russia)
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia*
  • Slovenia*
  • Spain*
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden*
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand (as of November 7, 2017)
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom*
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Viet Nam (Vietnam)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

For countries in italics, a specific individual fee must be paid.

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* Member countries of the European Union.

** Member countries of AIPO are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo.