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FAQ

How long does it to process my order?

We request 7 business days to complete and process your request with governing authorities WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

What's the cost?

GlobalProtect® service starts at $289 per country. U.S. government fee is $100 per classification. WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) government fee is 653 SWISS FRANCS (approx. $650) for a standard word mark or black/white mark. Color logo marks WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) government fee is 903 SWISS FRANCS (approx. $900) and the country government fee is typically $100 - $300 per classification. Government fees are subject to change and actual government fee is charged after application is filed.

How long does international registration last?

International registration is valid for 10-years and can be renewed every 10-years.

Who can file through GlobalProtect®?

Any trademark owner with an application filed in or a registration issued by the USPTO and who is a national of, has a domicile in, or has a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in the United States can submit an international application through GlobalProtect®. Applications that are already registered with the USPTO are expressly processed.

Can a U.S. trademark owner file an international application directly at the International Bureau?

No. The international application is filed through GlobalProtect® after processing is complete GlobalProtect® forwards to the USPTO. The USPTO must certify (review and confirm) that certain information in an international application based on a U.S. basic application or registration is the same as the information contained in the basic application or registration. The USPTO then forwards the international application to the International Bureau.

What happens after the International Bureau registers the mark?

Once the International Bureau registers the mark, the International Bureau will notify each Contracting Party designated in the international registration of the request for an extension of protection to that country. Each designated Contracting Party will then examine the request for an extension of protection the same as it would a national application under its laws. If the application meets the requirements for registration of that country, then the Contracting Party will grant protection of the mark in its country.

There are strict time limits for refusing to grant an extension of protection (a maximum of 18 months). If a Contracting Party does not notify the International Bureau of any refusal of an extension of protection within the time limits set forth in Article 5(2) of the Madrid Protocol, the holder of the international registration is automatically granted protection of its mark in that country.

What is a central attack?

A central attack is where your home international application is attacked via opposition or denied registration, ALL international applications associated with that home application are also deemed abandoned. After 5-years of registration your international registration stands independently from your home application.

What is a "first to file" country compared to a "first to use" country?

Trademark ownership rights are granted to whomever files their trademark first in a "first to file" based country (e.g. China). In countries that follow "first to use" (e.g. United States) trademark ownership is granted to whomever used the trademark first.

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