International application - an overview

You can apply for an international registration for your trademark through PRV. You need a Swedish trademark application or registration with PRV to do it.

You can apply for an international registration in the countries that are part of the Madrid Protocol.

On this page you can find the following information:

  • This is how it works
  • How PRV handles your international application
  • Priority at PRV and from a national application
  • How WIPO handles your international application (international registration)
  • Information about when your international registration is approved in the designated countries.
  • Fees
  • Guide to filling in an application

This is how it works

  • You need to have a Swedish trademark application or registration to apply for an international registration.
  • Fill in the application form (MM2) or WIPO's web application Madrid Application Assistant (MAA) and send it to PRV.

    Find the form MM2 here, WIPO (external website)

    Madrid Application Assistant, WIPO (external website)

  • When we receive your application, we examine it to make sure it meets the formal requirements, for example that the filing date and application number of your Swedish application is included and if the goods and services stated in the international application is the same as the ones in the Swedish application.
  • If anything is incorrect or missing in the application we will send you a so-called office action. It is a preliminary decision from PRV where we list the things you need to correct. If you do not repond in time your international application may be cancelled.
  • When your application is correct we will forward it to the international intellectual property rights authority WIPO.
  • WIPO will examine your application and register it as an international trademark. After that they will forward it to the countries you have chosen to designate. Find more information on how WIPO examines your application, below.
  • Your application will be examined by each of the designated countries. If you have designated a region, your application will be examined by the regional intellectual property rights authority, like EUIPO.
  • Each intellectual property rights authority that has examined your application will notify you through WIPO’s trademark database.

Keep in mind that WIPO does not send out any registration certificates. You will only hear from the intellectual property rights authorities of the designated countries if there are any reasons that your application cannot be registered. You will be notified by e-mail or through your representative.

How PRV handles your international application

When your international application is received by PRV we examine it to make sure it meets the requirements. We also certify that the information in your international application is identical to your national application or registration. If PRV find any irregularities you will receive a so-called office action. We will let you know what is incorrect and how to correct it. We give you three weeks to respond and correct any irregularities.

Priority at PRV and from a national application

If you have applied for a national registration with PRV you can refer to the national application date in your international application. Provided that your international application is filed within six months. If you file an international application we examine your national application with priority.

Read more about priority here.

How WIPO handles your international application

WIPO examines your international application to make sure it meets the requirements of the Madrid Protocol. For example, if the filing date, the information about the mark and the goods and services are correct. They also check that the application fee has been paid.

If WIPO finds any incorrect information they will notify PRV and you with an irregularity notice. You have three months to respond. It is important that you read it thoroughly. PRV will contact you if any information needs to be reformulated or added. We will inform you what you need to do to remedy the irregularities. You respond to PRV and we will forward your information to WIPO.

If WIPO does not find any incorrect information your application will receive a registration number and become an international registration. The international registration will be sent to the designated countries. The intellectual property rights authority in each designated country will then examine the application.  

Information about when your international registration is approved in the designated countries.

When your international registration has been approved, the registration will be connected to the Swedish base registration for a five-year period. The period starts the date you file your international application. This means that if the Swedish base registration is altered or cancelled during the five-year period the international registration is also altered or cancelled.

Fees

PRV charges a fee for the examination of international applications.
The basic fee is 2700 SEK, which includes one class of goods or services. For each added class there is an additional 1000 SEK fee.

Pay the fee by making a deposit to bankgiro 5053-6797.

The fee to WIPO can be calculated on the WIPO website. 

International Registrations of Marks - Fee Calculation (external website)

Enter the following information:

  • Office of Origin: Sweden
  • Number of classes: The number of classes included in the application
  • Type: New application 
  • If applicable, choose colour mark or collective, certification and guarantee mark.
  • Choose the countries you want to designate.

The different parts of the fee is calculated by the programme. Fill in the different parts of the fee under the Fee Calculation Sheet on the MM2 form.