Madrid Protocol

A treaty that is administered by the World Intellectual Property Orginisation (WIPO) that provides international registration for trademarks.

The Madrid Protocol enacted a system of international trademark registration for member states of the Paris Convention. This treaty facilitates simultaneous filing of trademark applications in numerous different countries. All applications for protection under the Madrid Protocol are examined according to trademark legislation in each of the member countries. This international form of registration automatically replaces a national or regional registration and allows for more widespread protection of trademark. The Madrid Protocol is highly beneficial as it allows the holder of trademarkable material to only make one application, one payment, and as a result, be protected in all states that are included in the protocol.