DESIGNS

MEXICO

GDP: $1,295 BILLION
IMPORTS: $370.7 BILLION
POPULATION: 125,4 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 1,972,550 KM2
CURRENCY: PESO (MXN)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES

Contracting Party of The Hague System: NO

Applicable Law:

National Industrial Property Law. TRIPS

Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure:

12 months

Multiple design applications -one application for different embodiments- available:

Yes, provided that that the different embodiments share the same visual characteristics in general (unity of Invention)
However, this is reviewed during the substantive examination stage and if the examiner determines that the embodiments correspond to different designs even though they share the same visual characteristics, applicant is required to divide the application

Formal filing requirements:

Power of Attorney. Assignment Document. Priority Document. Formal Drawings. Specification. Claim

Locarno classification:

Yes

Deferred publication:

According to the amendments to the Industrial Property Law of 2018, the designs are now published into the Official Gazette, but it is not possible to defer publication.

Registration Proceeding Outline:

Filing – formal examination – formalities satisfied – publication – technical examination – notice of allowance – renewal

Opposition:

No. Nullity proceedings before IMPI available after granting.

Average time from filing to grant:

12 – 18 months

Term of Protection and Maintenance:

According to the amendments made in 2018 to the Industrial Property Law, once the design is granted it is protected for 5 years and can be renewed for periods of 5 years, until a maximum of 25.

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