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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of The Hague System: NO

Applicable Law:

Law No. 354, on Patents, Utility Models and Industrial Designs. TRIPS.

Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure:

1 year

Multiple design applications -one application for different embodiments- available:

Yes, provided that all embodiments refer to products included in the same class of the Locarno classification

Formal filing requirements:

3 graphic or photographic reproductions of the design (if two-dimensional, the reproduction may be replaced by a sample of the product incorporating the design). Designation of the products the design will be applied to, with the class and subclass to which they belong. Assignment document. Power of Attorney.

Locarno classification:


Deferred publication:

No. The Patent Office orders three consecutives publications of the application at the official gazzette, but at the request of the applicant -made at any time prior to publication being ordered-, the Office shall defer publication for the time specified in the request, which may not exceed 12 months from the filing date of the application.

Registration Proceeding Outline:

Filing. Formal examination. Publication period. Opposition period. Substantive examination. Decision. Certificate of registration


No. At any stage of proceedings before a final decision is issued, comments and documents that may be relevant to the case can be filed, even by the applicant itself. The Office then notifies the applicant thereof and issues a decision within a 2-months term from the date on which the comments and documents were notified to the applicant -except if the applicant is filing the comments and documents or requests that proceedings are resumed, before that period expires-. The filing of comments does entail the stay of procedings. Such comments do not give rise to litigation either, and the one who files them does not become party in the procedure.

Average time from filing to grant:

8-12 months

Term of Protection and Maintenance:

5 years from the filing date. Designs may be renewed for two additional periods of 5 years each. The renewal fee shall be paid before the date on which it becomes due; it may also be paid within a grace period of six months.

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