Advantages

  • The international registration system is a cost effective way to protect a trade mark in many territories through a centralised application process. Renewal and subsequent changes concerning ownership details can also be handled using this centralised process.
  • Protection can be readily sought in countries that may have previously been bypassed.
  • Subsequent territories can be added to the international registration once they join the international registration system, or as new markets become important to you.

Disadvantages

  • An international registration is dependent on a “basic” application or registration, for five years. Any change to the “basic” application or registration will apply automatically to the international registration. This includes any limitations or cancellations.
  • If the “basic” application or registration is cancelled, the international registration may need to be transformed into national applications, at further cost. This could eliminate any cost savings gained through the international registration process.
  • The ability to transfer or sell an international registration is restricted. The new owner must be a national, resident or have an established business in a territory which is a member of the international registration system.
  • An international registration can only designate territories party to the international registration system. It cannot include territories that are not yet party to the system.