IMPORTS: $9,1 BILLION
TOTAL AREA: 916,445 KM2
CURRENCY: BOLÍVAR SOBERANO (BS.) (VES)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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.
Nice classification, 11th edition
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.
Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.
Relative grounds for refusal: YES.
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.
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.
6 months prior to renewal date.
Grace period: 6 months.