Venezuela

VENEZUELA

GDP: $276,30 BILLION
IMPORTS: $9,1 BILLION
POPULATION: 28,486.596
TOTAL AREA: 916,445 KM2
CURRENCY: BOLÍVAR SOBERANO (BS.) (VES)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH

WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO.

Patent Prosecution Highway:

Sección con texto libre

Trade Mark Law in force:

1956 Industrial Property Law.

Classification:

Nice classification, 11th edition

Multiclass Applications:

NO.

Registrable trade marks:

Any distinctive signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers and devices.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarised and legalised by the Apostille within 30 days from the official request.

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

The translation of the priority application must be signed by a local sworn translator.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES.

Opposition period:

30 days from publication date.

If the applicant fails to reply to an opposition filed within the legal term, the application will be considered abandoned.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 15 months, unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

15 years from the date of registration for trademarks granted on or after 17 September 2008.

Use requirements:

YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trade mark has not been used for 2 years, counting from the registration date. However, as the burden of proof of non-use rests on the applicant of the cancellation request, in practice it is extremely difficult to obtain the cancellation of a trade mark.

Renewal terms:

6 months prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months.

Link to Trade Mark Office:

http://www.sapi.gob.ve/

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