is no system as yet wherein a single Trademark Application
is sufficient to protect the Trademark Rights Internationally.
But according to Paris Convention the member countries
can claim priority of 6 months in filing the subsequent
application in other member countries.
Yet different countries have combined hands for filing
a single Trademark Application to protect the Trademark
Rights in their countries.
Trademark ( CTM )
European Union consisting of 15 countries has adapted
the Trademark System which is called Community Trademark
( CTM ) wherein a single Trademark Application protects
the interest of trademark in 15 member countries and
the benefit of CTM can be availed by Non - European
Union and prior registration is not necessary for
obtaining the registration under CTM.
O.A.P.I., a group of African nations have replaced
their national Trademark Office with common Trademark
System for the International Registration of Marks
Madrid system of international registration of marks
has suddenly become an issue of importance. The Madrid
system of international registration of marks is applicable
among the countries party to the Madrid Agreement
or the Madrid Protocol.
system gives a trademark owner the possibility to
have his mark protected in several countries by
simply filing one application with a single Office,
in one language, with one set of fees in one currency
international registration produces the same effects
as an application for registration of the mark made
in each of the countries designated by the applicant.
If protection is not refused by the trademark Office
of a designated country within a specified period
(12 or 18 months), the protection of the mark is the
same as if it had been registered by that Office.
Madrid system simplifies greatly also the subsequent
management of the mark, since it is possible
to record subsequent changes (such as a change in
ownership or a change in the name or address of the
holder) or to renew the registration through a simple
single procedural step with the International Bureau
Trade mark owners have a simple and cost effective system
for filing applications for trademark registrations
abroad via a single and centralized filing procedure.