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International registration of trademarks has been more and more important in today’s globalized world.
In principle, trademarks are protected in countries where they are registered. This is called the principle of territoriality. In other words, a trademark for which an application is filed, or a trademark registered in Turkey can only be protected within the borders of Turkey.
It is safe to say that penetration into a market that you export goods without a registered trademark means taking a huge risk.
If the owners of registered trademarks seek protection for their trademarks (since they carry out operations out of their country due to exports, fair participations, granting distribution or similar reasons), they must register their trademarks in the related country or countries
How to register a trademark in multiple countries?
We can file anywhere across the globe either through the Madrid protocol or through our extensive trusted attorneys around the world.
There are multiple ways to protect trademarks abroad. The important thing here is in which countries or countries you want to register your trademark. In this process, a road map is created in line with your demands and needs.
The application for trademark registration can either be made on a national basis (individually in the desired countries) or it can be made through international systems covering various countries.
there is no single registration system available all over the world, there are different public registration systems that trademark owners from Turkey can use. Feel free to write to us for more information about systems.
It should be noted that the international systems that provide application opportunities in many countries at the same time are advantageous both in terms of time and costs.
For other countries that are not members of international registration systems, protection can be provided by applying individually. The national application procedure and registration costs of each country differ. These procedures are carried out via agents based in other countries that we are in contact with.
- International registration of trademarks under the Madrid Protocol
This is the most popular trademark registration system as it is more advantageous than other registration systems from the standpoint of cost, ease of procedures and number of parties. Turkey joined to the system on 1/1/1999. The system is home to over 100 member countries, and the number of member countries keeps rising.
The Madrid system allows you to protect you trademark in over 100 countries or countries of your choice by one single application.
Application procedures are handled through the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office, and run by the World Industrial Property Organization (WIPO).
Please find the below-mentioned list of countries that are members of the Madrid system, and feel free to submit a request for an inquiry or a price offer concerning registration procedures by countries.
It is mandatory to have filed an application or have registered your trademark in Turkey under the same title before filing an international application under the Madrid system.
USA (US), Germany (DE), Afghanistan (AF), Antigua and Barbuda (AG), Albania (AL), Australia (AU), Austria (AT), Azerbaijan (AZ), Bahrain (BH), Belarus (BY), Brazil (BR), Bhutan (BT), Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (BQ), Bosnia-Herzegovina (BA), Botswana (BW), Brunei Darussalam (BN), Bulgaria (BG), Algeria (CZ), Curaçao (CW), Czech Republic CZ), China (CN), Denmark (DK), Indonesia (ID), Armenia (AM), Estonia (EE), Morocco (MA), the Philippines (PH), Finland (FI), France (FR), G. Greek Cypriot State (CY), Gambia (GM), Ghana (GH), South Korea (KR), Georgia (GE), Croatia (HR), India (IN), Great Britain (GB), Iran (IR), Ireland (IE), Spain (ES), Israel (IL), Sweden (SE), Switzerland (CH), Italy (IT), Iceland (IS), Japan (JP), Cambodia (KH), Canada (CA), Montenegro (ME), Kazakhstan (KZ), Kenya (KE), Kyrgyzstan (KG), Colombia (CO), North Korea (KP), Cuba (CU), Laos (LA), Lesotho (LS), Latvia (LV), Liberia (LR), Liechtenstein (LI), Lithuania (LT), Hungary (HU), Madagascar (MG), North Macedonia (MK), Malaysia (MZ), Mexico (MX), Egypt (EG), Mongolia (MN), Moldova (MD), Monaco (MC), Mozambique (MZ), Namibia (NA), Norway (NO), Uzbekistan (UZ), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Romania (RO), Rwanda (RW), Russian Federation (RU), Samoa (WS), San Marino (SM), Sao Tome and Principe (ST), Serbia (RS), Sierra Leone (SL), Singapore (SG), Sint Maarten (SX), Slovakia (SK), Slovenia (SI), Sudan (SD), Syria (SY), Swaziland (SZ), Tajikistan (TJ), Thailand (TH), Tunisia (TN), Turkmenistan (TM), Ukraine (UA), Sultanate of Oman (OM), Vietnam (VN), New Zealand (NZ), Greece (GR), Zambia (ZM), Zimbabwe (ZW)
EU Trademark Registration
This is an international trademark registration system that allows for registration in all EU countries by one single application to enter into force in all European Union (EU) countries.
This system does not allow choosing a certain member country. Any application is to cover all member countries, and their procedures are interrelated. This means that a rejection in any member country stands for rejection of the entire application. Upon denial rejection, an application can be changed into a domestic application.
Application procedures are made directly to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
Turkish nationals are free to register an EU Trademark under the Paris Convention, and protect it in European Union.
BENELUX Trademark Registration System
Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have rolled out a BENELUX Trademark Registration System. Upon one single application in the Benelux Trademark Office, you are protected in all of these three countries.
OAPI Countries (African Intellectual Property Organization)
Based in Cameroon, the African Intellectual Property Organization is a system in place for French-speaking African countries.
One single application provides protection in all member countries. Country selection is not possible, and the rejection decision affects all countries.
Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo.
ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization)
Based in Zimbabwe, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization is a system in place for English-speaking African countries. One single application provides protection in all member countries. Country selection is possible, and rejection affects all selected countries.
Botswana (BW), Lesotho (LS), Liberia (LR), Malawi (MW), Namibia (NA), Sao Tome and Principe (ST), Swaziland (SZ), Tanzania (TZ), Uganda (UG), Zimbabwe (ZW)
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