What Is a “Base Country” Under the Madrid System? | Two-Minutes Lesson

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Under the Madrid System, the “base country” is the country from where the application or the registration will be extended to the other countries.

In other to act as the base country, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The applicant must have nationality, domicile or business incorporation in the base country.
  2. The base country must be a member of the Madrid System.
  3. The Trademark must be filed or registered in the base country, in order to be able to request the extension to the other countries.

For more information on filing trademarks, please email trademarks@nlipw.com

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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: uakpotaire@nlipw.com