The Madrid Protocol system is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. Individuals or companies in any of the member countries of the Madrid Protocol may apply for registration of a trademark in other member countries on the basis of a national application or registration of a trademark.
You file an international application to WIPO via the Madrid e-Filing service on the WIPO website. The Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) will validate the application you have filed to WIPO before it is processed and distributed to those countries you have selected. Each country will then assess whether is is possible to register the mark in that country.
In accordance with the Madrid System, an application for the international registration of a trademark can be filed only if there is a national registration / application. An application for the international registration of a trademark is submitted to the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which makes it possible to provide legal protection simultaneously in several countries by filing one international application (list of countries). In this case, the list of countries in which the applicant seeks legal protection is indicated in the international application. This system significantly simplifies the procedure of obtaining legal protection and further management of rights of a trademark, because any changes are made only in the materials of the international application, including the renewal of the protection document. The registration of a trademark under the Madrid System reduces the number of formal requirements and incurs lower costs