PATENTS

ARGENTINA

GDP: $537,7 BILLION
IMPORTS: $71.3 BILLION
POPULATION: 42,98 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 2,780,400 KM²
CURRENCY: Peso ($) (ARS)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: Spanish
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Patent CooperationTreaty (PCT): NO.

Patent Law in Force:

Patent Law 24481 (modified by Laws 24572 and 25859).

Types of protection available:

Patent of Invention; Utility Model; Patent of addition.

First filing requirements with the local Patent Office for inventions made by nationals:

NO

Formal filing requirements:

-Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized within 40-working days from filing.
-Assignment document from the inventors merely signed (no legalization required) within 90 days from filing. Not required under certain circumstances.
-Certified copy of priority application within 90 days from filing. The translation of the priority application must signed by a sworn registered local translator.

Filing of the patent application in a foreign language:

Accepted. Late submission of the Spanish translation is possible within 10-working days. In such case, it must be a sworn translation by a registered local translator.

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant:

YES, within 36 months from filing date.

Search report must be requested by the applicant:

NO

Observations by third parties:

YES, within 60-working days from publication.

Opposition:

YES, within 60-working days from publication.

Average time from filing to grant:

6 years

Term of protection for patents:

20 years from filing date.

Term of protection for utility models:

10 years from filing date.

Differences between utility model and patent:

-suitable for utensils, instruments, tools, apparatus, devices, or any parts or improvements thereof, but not to chemical products, methods or uses;-Lower threshold for inventive step-National novelty only.

Maintenance:

yearly after grant.

Marking of the product with the application/ patent number:

NOT mandatory.

Compulsory licensing:

YES.

Link to Patent Office:

http://www.inpi.gov.ar/

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