FEES TO WATCH OUT FOR
- Second part fees: 1. Brazil – CHF135 per class (US$150) 2. Japan – CHF267 per class (US$290) 3. Cuba – CHF82 flat rate (US$90)
- Second fees are payable when the relevant territory is satisfied that the application meets the local requirements WIPO will notify the applicant (or their representative)
- Make sure the extra fees are in the budget.
**YOU CAN STILL CLAIM PRIORITY.
- Not all territories are included (e.g. Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, South Africa), so direct filing may still be required
- No opportunity to file a broader local trade mark.
- Additional costs if local issues arise – you may still need to appoint a local lawyer
- Registration process typically takes longer than direct filing (18 months cap)
- Goods and services are tied to the base mark – particular risk if base mark is a US mark due to non-use requirements.
- If you decide to sell one of your trade marks filed through WIPO in some of the countries, you will have to convert it to a local mark first which is an expensive and complex procedure.
- You may find out about issues (e.g. oppositions) too late, or may not be notified at all. (e.g. Brazil)