TRADEMARKS

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 Madrid System: NO

Trademark Law in Force:

Trademark Act of 1918 and the Decision 486 of the Andean Community. The Andean Pact Decision
provides for one common trademark law among the member countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru). It does not provide a common registration procedure, but it provides for certain reciprocal rights to be available upon request of the trademark owner. For example, an entity that first applied for registration of a trademark in any Member Country, may lodge an opposition against a similar mark filed in the other Member Countries.

Classification:

Nice classification, 10th edition

Multiclass Applications:

Not possible

Registrable Trademarks:

words; names; devices and other distinctive signs, including three-dimensional forms, colors, sounds,
smells, slogans.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized within 60 working days from the official request.
(*Hague Apostille Convention will enter into force from May 07, 2018)
• Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 9 months from the international priority date.

Examination:

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

Opposition period:

30 working days from publication date

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 9 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 in any member state of the Andean Pact, counting from the date registration. (Partial cancellation possible)

Grace period for renewal:

6 months

Link to Trademark Office:

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

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