USPTO Seminar: Using the Madrid Protocol

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, the USPTO held a seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on using the Madrid Protocol for filing an international application and maintaining an international registration. The target audience was practitioners who are already familiar with and have used the Madrid Protocol. The purpose of the seminar was to provide practical information on common issues that arise during the processing of the application, as well as maintaining and managing the resulting international registration. Seminar highlights included: WIPO resources; issues to consider when preparing to file and actually filing an international application; the USPTO review process for certification of the international application; International Bureau review of the international application; and issues related to changing and renewing the international registration.

Webcast of Seminar

You can access the webcast of the seminar by clicking on the links below. If you experience any difficulties, please email

1. Welcoming Remarks; Introduction and Background to the Madrid System and Role of Madrid Processing Unit (MPU); World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Online Resources

2. Preparing and Filing an International Application [NOTE: The presenter misspoke at minute 3:24 by indicating that the paper international application is the MM5 form. The correct form is the MM2 form, as identified on slide 2 of the PowerPoint presentation].

3. Review of International Application by MPU and International Bureau (IB)

4. Changes to the International Registration

5. Miscellaneous Issues: Section 71, Subsequent Designations, Specific Requirements of Contracting Parties, and Additional WIPO Resources