1. How does this work and what is the purpose of the TM calculator?
This was designed as a helpful tool to allow the user to calculate how much an International Trademark application would cost him in his selected countries. The user first chooses the basic country, and then the countries in which he believes he would like to file an international application, as well as the number of classes in the application. By clicking on "go", the computer will tabulate the cost of the official fees of the application. (These costs do not include attorneys' fees, translation fees, etc.)
2. Why are the countries in different colors and what do the colors mean?
There are three different colors in which the countries are written. The countries in black have signed the Madrid Agreement, the countries in gray have signed the Madrid Protocol and the countries in blue have signed both treaties.
3. What is the MMA?
MADRID Agreement Concerning The International Registration of Marks, adopted April 14, 1891, and amended numerous times. It set the original standards for an International Trademark application.
4. What is the PMMA?
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, adopted June 27, 1989. The Madrid Protocol was introduced as a way to attempt to amend several difficulties that some member-countries of the Madrid Agreement were having with following the Agreement. For a more detailed look at the purpose of the Protocol, visit [MMA].
5. What does MMA/PMMA mean?
This means that the country is a party to both the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol, and adheres to laws set forth in both treaties.
6. What is my basic country?
The basic country is the country in which the applicant has filed the basic application. An applicant must be a natural or legal person in one of the member countries in order to file an international trademark application.
7. Why can't I tabulate the cost of filing in Belarus when my basic country is Australia?
As you can see, Belarus belongs to the Madrid Agreement while Australia only is a member of the Madrd Protocol. Because these countries have not signed the same agreement, an international application cannot be filed in one when the basic application has been filed in the other.
8. Do I have to choose a class?
Because there may be additional fees depending on how many classes are listed in the application, it is important to specify the number of classes. Otherwise, it is likely that the tabulations will be inaccurate and misleading to the applicant.
9. What does selecting "invert" do?
When you select invert, all countries will be selected except for the countries which you have checked. For example, if you would like to see the cost of filing in every country but Austria and Australia, and your basic country is Benelux, select Austria and Australia and then click on "invert." The computer will automatically select all countries except Ausrtia and Australia. You could also choose "select all" and then remove the checks from Austria and Ausralia and you would have the same result.
10. Why is the United States not listed as a country in which I can file?
The United States has not signed either treaty; therefore, the United States cannot be selected among the countries of an international trademark application.
11. How do I know that the information on this page is up to date?
After you have calculated the cost of the application, above the table with the costs, you can see where it says "Data of" and then there will be a date. If you would like to check whether this data is up to date, click on the highlighted date and the next page will say whether or not the data is up to date. If the data is not up to date, then a link will be provided to the latest information on the WIPO page.
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