TMEP 1906.01(a): Change in Ownership of International Registration

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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1906.01(a)    Change in Ownership of International Registration

The IB will record a change in ownership by assignment, merger, court decision, or operation of law at the request of the holder, the Contracting Party of the holder, or an interested person.  Article 9; Common Reg. 25(1)(a)(i).  The change may relate to some or all of the goods/services in some or all of the designated Contracting Parties. A fee is required.

Most requests to record changes of ownership must be filed directly with the IB. 37 C.F.R. §§7.22 and 7.23.  Form MM5 is available on the IB website at http://www.wipo.int/madrid/en/ for that purpose.  The IB does not require copies of assignments or other supporting documents.  See TMEP §1906.01(a)(i) regarding the limited circumstances in which a request to record a change in ownership may be filed with the IB through the USPTO.