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TOTAL AREA: 130,375 KM2
CURRENCY: CÓRDOBA (NIO)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of The Hague System: NO
Law No. 354, on Patents, Utility Models and Industrial Designs. TRIPS.
Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure:
Multiple design applications -one application for different embodiments- available:
Yes, provided that all embodiments refer to products included in the same class of the Locarno classification
Formal filing requirements:
3 graphic or photographic reproductions of the design (if two-dimensional, the reproduction may be replaced by a sample of the product incorporating the design). Designation of the products the design will be applied to, with the class and subclass to which they belong. Assignment document. Power of Attorney.
By request of the applicant -made at any time prior to the publication order -, the Office shall defer publication for the time specified in the request, which may not exceed 12 months from the filing date of the application.
Registration Proceeding Outline:
Filing. Formal examination. Publication period. Opposition period. Substantive examination. Decision. Certificate of registration
No. Third parties –or even the applicant- may, at any time before a final decision is issued, file comments and documents that may be relevant to the case. The Office then notifies the applicant thereof and issues a decision within a 2-months term from the date on which the comments and documents were notified to the applicant -except if the applicant is filing the comments and documents or requests that proceedings are resumed, before that period expires-. The filing of comments does entail the stay of proceedings. Such comments do not give rise to litigation either, and the one who files them does not become party in the procedure
Average time from filing to grant:
Term of Protection and Maintenance:
Five years from the date of filing the application, renewable twice with another five-year period. Maximum duration: fifteen years from the filing date.