TRADEMARKS

BOLIVIA

GDP: $40.228 BILLION
IMPORTS: $12.471 BILLION
POPULATION: 11.353.142
TOTAL AREA: 1,098,581 KM2
CURRENCY: BOLIVIANO ($B) (BOB)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH, QUECHUA, AYMARA, GUARANÍ

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:

Decision 486 of the Andean Community. The Andean Pact Decision provides for one common Trade Mark Law among the member countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru). It does not provide a common registration procedure, but it provides for certain reciprocal rights to be available upon request of the trade mark owner. For example, an entity that first applied for registration of a trade mark in any Member Country, may lodge an opposition against a similar mark filed in the other Member Countries.

Trade Mark Act of 1918, which provides national complementary regulations to the Decision 486 of the Andean Community.

Classification:

Nice classification, 11th edition

Multiclass Applications:

Not possible.

Registrable trade marks:

Words, names, devices and other distinctive signs, including three-dimensional forms, colours, sounds,

smells, slogans.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarised and legalised within 60 working days from the official request.

• Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 9 months from the priority application date.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES.

Opposition period:

30 working days from publication date.

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 3 years in any member state of the Andean Pact, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible.

Renewal terms:

6 months prior to renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months.

Link to Trade Mark Office:

http://www.senapi.gob.bo/

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