TRADEMARKS

NICARAGUA

GDP: $11,81 BILLION
IMPORTS: $6.608 BILLION
POPULATION: 6,014 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 130,375 Km2
CURRENCY: CÓRDOBA (NIO)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO

Trademark Law in Force:

Law 380 of Trademarks and other Distinctive Signs.

Classification:

Nice classification, 9th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

YES

Registrable Trademarks:

words or group of words, advertising slogans and phrases, letters, numbers, monograms, shapes,
portraits, labels, coats of arms, designs, cartoons, borders, lines and stripes, and combinations and arrangements of colors, sounds or other perceptible signs such as smells.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized within 2 months from the application date.
• Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 3 months from the application date.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES
Relative grounds for refusal: YES

Opposition period:

2 months from publication.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 10 months unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

10 years from the date of registration.

Use requirements:

YES. The cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for a time period of 3 years, counting from the date of registration. (Partial cancellation possible)

Grace period for renewal:

6 months

Link to Trademark Office:

http://www.mific.gob.ni/

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