IMPORTS: $69,348 BILLION
TOTAL AREA: 1,141,748 KM2
CURRENCY: COLOMBIA PESO ($) (COP)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.
Contracting Party of the Madrid System: YES.
Patent Prosecution Highway:
Trade Mark Law in force:
Decision 486 of the Andean Community. The Andean Pact Decision provides for one common trade mark law among the member countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru). It does not provide a common registration procedure, but it provides certain reciprocal rights to be available upon request of the trade mark owner. For example, an entity that first applied for registration of a trade mark in any Member Country, may lodge an opposition against a similar mark filed in the other Member Countries.
Nice classification, 11th edition.
Registrable trade marks:
Words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, holograms, combinations or shades of colours, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging, sound marks, and any combination of the aforementioned signs.
Formal filing requirements:
• Power of Attorney merely signed (no legalisation and no notarisation required) within 60 days from notification request.
• Scanned copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 9 months from priority application date.
Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.
Relative grounds for refusal: YES.
30 days from publication date.
Average time from filing to grant:
Approximately 6 months, unless any obstacles were raised.
Term of protection:
10 years from the date of registration.
YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trade mark has not been used for 3 years in any member state of the Andean Pact, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible.
6 months prior to renewal date.
Grace period: 6 months.