TRADEMARKS

EL SALVADOR

GDP: $26,057 BILLION
IMPORTS: $12,768 BILLION
POPULATION: 6,420,744
TOTAL AREA: 21,040 KM2
CURRENCY: UNITED STATES DOLLAR ($) (USD)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH

WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO.

Patent Prosecution Highway:

Trade Mark Law in force:

Trade Mark Act of 6 June 2002.

Classification:

Nice classification, 11th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

YES.

Registrable trade marks:

All distinctive and graphically representable signs, words, names, acronyms, letters, colours, numbers (letters, colours and numbers cannot be registered if the are filed individually), devices, emblems, combinations or shades of colours, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging, sounds and smells.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney notarised and legalised within 2 months from the official request.

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

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES.

Opposition period:

2 months from the first publication.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 9 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 5 years, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible.

Renewal terms:

1 year prior to renwal date.

Grace period: 6 months.

Link to Trade Mark Office:

http://www.cnr.gob.sv/

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