IMPORTS: $6,690 BILLION
TOTAL AREA: 130,375 KM2
CURRENCY: CÓRDOBA (C$) (NIO)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): YES. Due term for entry into national phase: 30 months.
Patent Law in force:
Patent Law 354/2000 (modified by Law 574 and Law 634)
Types of protection available:
Patent of Invention; Utility Model.
First filing requirements with the local Patent Office for inventions made by nationals:
Formal filing requirements:
• Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized within 60 days from office action.
• Information on how the applicant acquired the right to the invention, that is, by employment relationship or contract or assignment (NO supporting documents required). Within 2 months from notification.
• Assignment document from the inventors duly notarized and legalized (which may be substituted by a sworn declaration by the representative) within 60 days from office action.
• Certified copy of priority application within 90 days from office action (not required for entry into national phase of PCT applications provided that PCT/IB304 form is available).
Filing of the patent application in a foreign language:
Substantive examination must be requested by the applicant:
YES, within 6 months from publication.
Search report must be requested by the applicant:
Observations by third parties:
YES, at any time prior to grant.
Average time from filing to grant:
Term of protection for patents:
20 years from filing date.
Term of protection for utility models:
10 years from filing date.
Differences between utility model and patent:
UM suitable for utensils, instruments, tools, apparatus, devices, or any parts or improvements thereof, but not to chemical products, methods or uses; lower threshold for inventive step.
Yearly; also during prosecution of the application.
Marking of the product with the application/ patent number: