The Madrid Protocol relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks is an international treaty that allows a trademark owner to seek registration in any of the countries that have joined the Madrid Protocol by filling a single application, called an “international application”. This treaty is administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. The Madrid Protocol has been in operation since April 1996 and has been ratified by many countries around the world.
Singapore acceded and became a party to the Madrid Protocol in Oct 2000. As a member of the Madrid System, there are benefits on top of it being convenient, easy and cost effective to apply for International Marks in Singapore. Individuals and organizations need only to file one application in one language and pay one set of fees to protect your mark in the territories of up to 98 members.\
The members include all of the EU, USA and total 80% of the world, covering 114 countries globally.
In Asia, Malaysia, Thailand & Indonesia are expected to join the membership countries by 2017.
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Republic of Korea
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Moldova
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Antigua and Barbuda
United States of America
MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)
Sao Tome and Principe
Syrian Arab Republic