International Trademarks


International trademarks

The international trademark system is based on the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol, which govern trademark agreements between nations. Around 100 countries are party to these agreements which constitute an international system for the registration of trademarks.

You need to consider an internationally registered trademark if your business is:

  • Currently exporting or looking to expand into foreign markets.
  • Concerned about protecting your trademarks in additional territories.

BATTLE enables it’s customers to apply for international registration of a trade mark or brand under the Madrid Protocol.  As trade mark specialists, we can apply to register international trade marks, on your behalf, for the following:

  • Businesses in Ireland, or in EU countries.
  • Brands, logos and trade marks currently in use, or intended to be used in Ireland, or the EU.
  • Registration of a trade mark in the EU, as a European Union Trade Mark (EUTM).
  • Any business that applies for Irish or EU trade mark registration.
  • Businesses making international applications for registering trade marks in other countries based on an Irish or EU-wide application (see below).

Madrid Protocol – International registration of trade marks

The Madrid Protocol is an international arrangement for registering trademarks in many different countries.  It operates under the Madrid System for international registration of trade marks, under which the Republic of Ireland is a Protocol Party.  The Madrid Protocol also widens trade mark registration both outside and within the European Community. This means that international applications can be based on EU-wide or Irish trade mark filings or applications by extending the territories in which the trademark intends to be used.  This can be done either at the time of the filing of the application or alternatively other countries may be added to the application at a later point in time.

The countries, for international trademark registration under the Madrid Protocol, can include the following:

  • African Intellectual Property Organisation
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovenia
  • Bulgaria
  • Bahrain (kingdom of)
  • Bhutan
  • Benelux
  • -Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg
  • Belarus
  • Botswana
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • European Union
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)
  • Kyrgystan
  • 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
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tajikstan
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • USA (United States of America) – separate US-licensed attorney required, effective from 3-Aug-2019
  • UK (United Kingdom)
  • Uzbekistan
  • Viet Nam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Please be aware that some of these countries may have particular trade mark registration requirements that must be met.  For example, to register a trademark in Australia an address for service is required, and other countries may require a declaration of intention to use the trademark.  BATTLE can assist in international trademark registration and we will advise you on all aspects of the process as part of our services.

For the USA, the US competent authority introduced a new rule, effective from 3-Aug-2019, requiring foreign-domiciled applicants to use a US-licensed attorney in all dealings with the US competent authorities.

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