GENERAL OVERVIEW TO THE MADRID PROTOCOL

The Madrid Protocol is a world organization for the formal recognition of copyright marks. The attendant agreement is officially titled the “Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks”, and put into layman's terms it is an organization that allows member states the opportunity to make international their copyrighted marks in an easy to use, economical and efficient manner. It was initiated through the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, established on April 14, 1891, and sought a rational forum and proof system to allow member nations to protect trademarks regarding goods or for services. The application is done once, with one fee in a single currency and in one language. This allows a much easier process and renewal. To better understand this vitally important facet of Intellectual Property Rights defense, these questions will be answered: What is the Madrid Protocol?; What is the “Documentary Evidence of Legitimacy of Use of Certain Elements of Mark”?; How Long Does the Copyright Hold?; Who Can File for the Madrid Notice & Protection?; What are the Fees for Registration?; What Benefits are there to Using the Madrid Protocol?

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the Madrid Protocol?
What is the “Documentary Evidence of Legitimacy of Use of Certain Elements of Mark”?
How Long Does the Copyright Hold?
Who Can File for the Madrid Notice & Protection?
What are the Fees for Registration?

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