TRADEMARKS

CUBA

GDP: $96,851 BILLION
IMPORTS: $11,622 BILLION
POPULATION: 11,338,138
TOTAL AREA: 109,884 KM2
CURRENCY: CUBAN CONVERTIBLE PESO (CUC$) (CUC)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH

WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: YES.

Patent Prosecution Highway:

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Trade Mark Law in force:

Decree Law 203/2000 of 1999.

Classification:

Nice classification, 11th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

YES.

Registrable trade marks:

Signs, words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, holograms, colours, combinations

or shades of colours, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney merely signed (no legalisation and no notarisation required), within 60 days from the filing date.

• Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish, within 3 months from the filing date.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES.

Opposition period:

60 days from the publication date.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 18 months, unless any obstacles were raised.

Currently, there is a delay of more than 2 years, due to a significant backlog at the TM Office.

Term of protection:

10 years from the date of application.

Use requirements:

YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trade mark has not been used for 3 years, 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.ocpi.cu/

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