IMPORTS: $47.32 BILLION
POPULATION: 3,548 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 9,104 KM2
CURRENCY: UNITED STATES DOLLAR (USD)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH, ENGLISH
Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: NO
Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO
Trademark Law in Force:
Trademark Law in Force: Although Puerto Rico is part of the USA with a special status, it has an independent Trademark Law from the American one. The former alternative of obtaining a Puerto Rico national trademark based on an US registration is no longer available. However, through the United States Federal System, the Madrid Protocol does apply to Puerto Rico, as it went into effect in the United States on 2 November 2003. Legal basis is the Puerto Rico Trademark Act, in force since February 14th, 1992.The Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act provides that the statutory laws of the United States shall have full eﬀect in Puerto Rico, unless locally inapplicable. Therefore, rights acquired under the Lanham Act are valid and enforceable in Puerto Rico.
Nice classification, 10th edition.
signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, combinations or shades of colors, three-dimensional forms, sound marks, smell marks and any combination of the mentioned signs are all registrable as trademarks.
Formal filing requirements:
• Power of Attorney: Not necessary.
• Priority Claims are not possible.
• Indication of date of first use or intention of use
Absolute grounds for refusal: YES
Relative grounds for refusal: YES
30 days from publication date.
Average time from filing to grant:
Approximately 2 years any obstacles were raised.
Term of protection:
10 years from the date of registration.
YES. The cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for a time period of 5 years, counting from the date of registration. (Partial cancellation not possible)
1 year prior to renewal date
Grace period: 6 months