The Madrid Protocol is a treaty between member countries that allows for a streamlined process to file international registration of trademarks. It was established in 1891 and functions under the Madrid Agreement (1891), and the Madrid Protocol (1989). It is administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) located in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Madrid system allows the trademark owner to apply for trademark protection in several countries by filing one application directly with a national or regional trademark office of the trademark holder’s choosing.
The following is a list of the member countries to the Madrid Protocol for the international registration of trademarks, current as of February 9, 2018. Updates can be viewed here.