In a recent post, we discussed a Community Trade Mark (CTM), and how it allows a trademark applicant to have protection within all countries of the European Union (EU). When filing a Community Trade Mark, it can be done through The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, also known as OHIM. However, that is not the only option.
The Madrid Protocol allows a trademark owner to file an international application for registration under the Madrid Protocol. This can be done through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as long as the applicant is a national of the United States, a domicile within the United States, or has a real and effective commercial establishment within the United States. The benefit of such an international application is that there is one filing fee, the CTM Trade Mark through the EU is an option, and all other members of the Madrid Protocol can be selected in order to give you protection in each of those countries.