PATENTS

BOLIVIA

GDP: $33.00 BILLION
IMPORTS: $8.224 BILLION
POPULATION: 10,56 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 1,098,581 Km2
CURRENCY: PESO BOLIVIANO (BOB)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH, QUECHUA, AYMARA, GUARANÍ
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Patent Cooperation
Treaty (PCT): NO

Patent Law in Force:

Decision 486 – Andean Community (Cartagena Agreement Dec 1, 2000)

Types of protection available:

Patent of Invention; Utility Model.

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 2 months from office action.
(*Hague Apostille Convention will enter into force from May 07, 2018)
• Assignment document from the inventors duly notarized and legalized by the Consulate within 60 days from office action.
• Certified copy of priority application within 2 months from office action.

Filing of the patent application in a foreign language:

Accepted. Late submission of the Spanish translation is possible within 60 days from office action.

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant:

YES, within 6 months from publication.

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:

5 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.

Maintenance:

Maintenance: yearly also during prosecution of the application.

Marking of the product with the application/ patent number:

NOT mandatory.

Compulsory licensing:

YES

Link to Patent Office:

http://www.senapi.gob.bo/

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