The Madrid Protocol has simplified the process of filing trademark applications across the world by bringing it all under the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Once a trademark application has been filed in the home country or what is generally referred to as the origin country, one can designate other countries that are a part of the Madrid Protocol using the registration of the origin country as their earliest date of priority. Currently, 92 countries are a part of the Madrid System and so if one applies for a trademark in the origin country which is a part of this System, that individual or entity has the option of using that application as the basis of applying to the other 91 countries listed on the Madrid Protocol. Additionally, trademarks that have been registered can also be designated to other countries.
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