The Madrid System for International Trademark Registration Process Challenges
A global Trademark Association (ITA) is an excellent place to begin when you’re planning to apply for an Trademark internationally. An international trademark is a distinct “name” that typically is a phrase or logo that describes your business. A service trademark works in the exact same way as a trade mark but is more beneficial for international businesses. But even if you do international business internationally it could be a good idea to also mark your trademark online as well.
The online registration of trademarks internationally offers two main advantages. The first is that it is possible to complete the process online. There is no need to fax anything, have meetings or deal with any hassles. It’s easy to fill out an international trademark application on an online secure website and then send it off to the ITA. After processing your application, the ITA will issue you a notice of registration which you can send to the foreign country where you registered the trademark. It could take anywhere from three to five months dependent on the kind of trademark registration international you hold.
A third benefit of the filing of an international trademark online is the security of trademarks. The internet allows foreign trademark owners to protect their brand name from being taken over and use to make money. The internet lets you make an “dominant” brand that will limit the number businesses that can use your trademark. In essence, the trademark is a security blanket, ensuring that the trademark owner and his/her company aren’t at risk of cyber-squatting.
The internet registration of domain names is extremely affordable. There aren’t any formal inspections needed, no stamps to purchase and there are no annual fees or maintenance charges. Once a domain name is registered, it can be maintained and provided other services through the ITSP. ITSP services can be used to retrieve domain names that were stolen. Simply put, an internet registration process is very affordable and very simple to do.
A domain-holder may want to contest the trademark’s international registration opposition in certain circumstances. This can happen for two reasons. An individual could feel that the trademark registration was not completed correctly. They may feel that the registration of the trademark was not done correctly. Sometimes, a foreign country might not be able to recognize a mark from another country.
A person can also challenge the validity online of a mark application. There are two options for this to occur: physical denial, or social media. Social media denial can be caused by someone posting an item that is considered to be a negative comment about their company on their social networking site. Domain name seizures or the removal of a domain name registered from the web could be the result.
International trademark registration opponents fear that black or spam methods to register trademarks may have led to the suppression of free-market thinking in a variety of nations. This is, at best, speculative. There isn’t any evidence to support this occurring and opponents of international trademark registrations like to say that the domain names on the internet are being abused. But there is plenty to prove that domain names are being used in a way that is not legitimate. Domain names have been registered for one purpose solely to provide the owner an advantage. It’s easy to see how someone could misuse confidential data they have gained through their work or through electronic methods.
I do not suggest the Madrid system. The potential problems associated with the Madrid system are serious and outweigh any benefits. It is a good idea to seek out legal counsel from a qualified attorney who specializes on international registration. The Madrid system’s fees are exorbitant. It is possible to save money by employing a reputable trademark attorney to manage the international registration process.