PATENTS

PARAGUAY

GDP: $30.88 BILLION
IMPORTS: $12.37 BILLION
POPULATION: 6,553 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 406,752 Km2
CURRENCY: GUARANÍ (PYG)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH, 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:

Patent Law 1630/2000

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 merely signed (no legalization required) within a 60 workingdays term from filing.
• Assignment document from the inventors merely signed (no legalization required) within a 90 working-day term 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:

NOT available.

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant:

YES, within 36 months from filing date (even though the Patent Office shall not accept same if formal examination has not been completed).

Search report must be requested by the applicant:

NO

Observations by third parties:

YES, before requesting of technical examination.

Opposition:

YES, before requesting of technical examination.

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 thereof but not to chemical products, methods or uses.

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.mic.gov.py/

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