If you wish to
a trade mark in countries outside of Singapore, you may either make separate applications by
the IP offices of the respective countries or file a single international application via
The Madrid Protocol is a treaty administered by the World Intellectual Property
governs the international registration of trade marks. It allows applicants to enjoy the
obtaining protection for a trade mark in several countries through one application with a single
language, with one set of fees and in one currency.
Check that you have fulfilled the following criteria:
You have filed a Singapore application for the same
The countries in which you wish to protect your trade
mark are contracting parties to the
Madrid Protocol. You may wish to refer to
website on Madrid Members Profile for
more information on the practices,
contact details of the respective contracting parties.
You must satisfy at least one of the following entitlement criteria to file
an international application from
Find out the required form and fees for filing an international application via the Madrid
Examination Process for an International Application
The steps below outline the stages following the filing of an application through IPOS to
mark outside of Singapore.
- At this stage, IPOS will examine your international application to check
that the requirements
- If all is in order, IPOS will certify your application and forward it to
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) within 2 months
application filing date. This secures the filing date as the date of
IPOS will notify you when the application has been forwarded to WIPO.
- If there are deficiencies in your application, you will be notified to
remedy them within a
deadline. If you fail to do so, IPOS may not be able to forward your
application to WIPO within
from your application filing date. Thus, you may fail to secure the
filing date as the date of
- At this stage, your application will be further examined by the
International Bureau (IB) of
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
If all is in order, your
application will be recorded in
International Register and published in the WIPO
Gazette. WIPO will issue a certificate of
the international registration to the
Applicant and notify the designated contracting parties (DCPs).
The certificate issued by WIPO
that the international application conforms to the
applicable requirements under Article
Protocol, and is not a confirmation that the
in the DCPs.
If there are irregularities in your
application, you will be
IB to address them within a stipulated deadline. If you
fail to do so, your application
deemed as abandoned.
- At this stage, the designated contracting parties (DCPs)
will conduct substantive
your international registration according to their
domestic law, within 12 or 18 months
their receipt of your application from the International Bureau.
- If your international registration conforms to the
requirements of the DCP(s) and did
any opposition in the DCP(s), your trade mark will be
granted protection in the DCP(s).
Otherwise, you will receive a Provisional Refusal of
Protection from the IP Office(s) of
DCP(s). The provisional refusal will state the grounds
for refusal with a stipulated
for you to file a response or make amendments.