Trademarks are distinctive signs, used to differentiate between identical or similar goods and services offered by different producers or services providers. Trademarks are a type of industrial property, protected by intellectual property rights.
WIPO works with Member States to develop international laws and standards for trademarks. See Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT).
The WIPO-administered Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks offers a route to trademark protection in multiple countries by filing a single application. Please see the International Application Simulator for further information.
To search international trademark registrations, see the ROMARIN database. The Madrid Express database is discontinued as of January 1, 2011.
WIPO is not in a position to offer legal advice to individuals or businesses on specific questions. You may wish to consult your national IP office, an IP agent, or the relevant national or regional legislation (WIPO Lex).
- Declaration of Intent (Link between TMview and the Global Brand database) (Dec 21, 2012)
- Seminar on the Madrid System of International Registration of Marks (June 21 and 22) (May 9, 2012)
- Record International Trademark Filings in 2011 (Mar 12, 2012)
- WIPO at the 134th INTA Annual Meeting (Feb 17, 2012)