TRADEMARKS

COLOMBIA

GDP: $330,228 BILLION
IMPORTS: $69,348 BILLION
POPULATION: 49,648,685
TOTAL AREA: 1,141,748 KM2
CURRENCY: COLOMBIA PESO ($) (COP)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH

WIPO-administered Treaties:

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.

Classification:

Nice classification, 11th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

YES.

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.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES.

Opposition period:

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.

Use requirements:

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.

Renewal terms:

6 months prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months.

Link to Trade Mark Office:

http://www.sic.gov.co/

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