PATENTS

VENEZUELA

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TOTAL AREA: 916,445 Km2
CURRENCY: BOLÍVAR FUERTE (VEF)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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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 of 1955

Types of protection available:

Patent of Invention; Improvement patent.

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 30 days from office action.
• Assignment document from the inventors duly notarized and legalized within 30 days from office action.
• Certified copy of priority application duly notarized and legalized within 30 days from office action.

Filing of the patent application in a foreign language:

NOT available.

Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant:

NO

Search report must be requested by the applicant:

NO

Observations by third parties:

YES, within 30 days from publication.

Opposition:

YES, within 30 days from publication.

Average time from filing to grant:

7 years

Term of protection for patents:

10 years from grant date.

Term of protection for utility models:

10 years from grant date.

Differences between utility model and patent:

directed to the improvement of a protected invention.

Maintenance:

yearly after grant.

Marking of the product with the application/ patent number:

NOT mandatory.

Compulsory licensing:

YES

Link to Patent Office:

http://www.sapi.gob.ve/

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