International Trademark Registration Process: Problems with the Madrid System
A global Trademark Association (ITA) is an excellent place to begin when you’re planning to register an Trademark internationally. An international trademark is a unique “name” for your business, consisting of a short phrase, typically an image or logo, and usually an image of your brand that sets your business apart from others in the industry. A service mark works just like a trademark but it offers an additional advantage to companies who are international. It is a smart idea to register your trademark online, even if you are doing international business.
The online registration of international trademarks has two major benefits. The first is that you can finish the entire process online. No faxing, no meetings and no hassle. Simply fill out the online application for international trademarks and then send the application to ITA. Once your application is processed the ITA will send you a notice of registration that you can send to the country in which you registered your trademark. The process could take anywhere between three and several years, depending on the type of international trademark registration you’ve made.
A third benefit of the filing of an international trademark registration online is the protection of brand names. The web provides the same protection like the registration of a domain name. It gives trademark owners from other countries to stop their trademark from being used by other companies. The internet lets you make a “dominant” brand name that restricts the number of businesses that can use your trademark. This is essentially a method for the trademark owner safeguard his or her business from cyber-squatting.
It is also very cost-effective to register a domain online. There aren’t any fees to pay for formal inspections, stamps or formal inspections to buy. The ITSP provides maintenance services and other options after the domain name is registered. ITSP services can be used to recover domain names that have been stolen. The process of registering the domain name on the internet is very simple and inexpensive.
Sometimes domain-holders might wish to challenge registration of their trademarks in an international trademark registration dispute. There are two primary reasons why this might occur. A person may think that the registration of the trademark was not done correctly. One example is that they may have been told that the trademark registration was not valid or that an exception had been granted. Sometimes, a trademark that is not recognized may be refused by a country outside of the.
One can also contest the legitimacy online of a mark application. This can be accomplished by using one of two methods either through physical or social media denial. If someone makes a post on social media which appears to be a negative comment about their business this could be referred to as social media denial. This can lead to the seizure of domain names, or even the cancellation of registrations for domain names.
A lot of trademark registration opponents from around the world are concerned that the use of known as black-hat or spam methods could lead to the suppression of free market ideas in a variety of nations. This argument is specious at the very least. It is unlikely that this has happened. And opponents to international trademark registration claim that domain names on the internet are being misused. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that domain names are misused. Domain names are registered and controlled for a single reason that is to provide their owners with an advantage in competition. It is not hard to see the ways in which someone can misuse confidential information that they gain access to through their job or through electronic methods.
I would not recommend using the Madrid system. The risks that could arise from the Madrid system are serious and far outweigh any advantages. I recommend that you get legal advice from an attorney familiar with international registration. The Madrid system’s costs are prohibitive. You can reduce costs by hiring a qualified trademark attorney to manage the international registration process.