IMPORTS: $24,932 BILLION
TOTAL AREA: 283,560 KM2
CURRENCY: UNITED STATES DOLLAR ($) (USD)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.
Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO.
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 for 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:
All distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as 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, trade dress, sound marks and olfactory marks.
Formal filing requirements:
• Power of Attorney duly notarised and legalised within 60 days from the official request.
• Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 9 months from the priority date.
Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.
Relative grounds for refusal: YES.
30 working days from publication date.
Average time from filing to grant:
Approximately 8-12 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 date of registration. Partial cancellation is possible.
6 months prior to renewal date.
Grace period: 6 months.