TRADEMARKS

URUGUAY

GDP: $59,597 BILLION
IMPORTS: $11,323 BILLION
POPULATION: 3,449,299
TOTAL AREA: 176,215 KM2
CURRENCY: URUGUAYAN PESO ($U) (UYU)
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:

Law 17.011 dated 25 September 1998

(Regulatory Decree 34/99 of 3 February 1999)

Classification:

Nice classification, 11th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

YES.

Registrable trade marks:

Words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, combinations of colours, three-dimensional

forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging, sound marks and any sign capable of distinguishing goods or services.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney merely signed (no legalisation and no notarisation required) within 30 days from the application date.

• Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 90 days from the 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 20-24 months, unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

10 years from the date of registration.

Use requirements:

YES. As of 1 January 2014 cancellation can be requested if a trade mark has not been used for 5 years, counting from the registration date. Cancellation actions due non-use are possible as of 1 January 2019. Partial cancellation is not possible.

Renewal terms:

6 months prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months.

Link to Trade Mark Office:

http://www.miem.gub.uy/

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