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Mai 22, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 10/18)
Apostille Convention into Force Now
On May 7, 2018, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Bolivia. Bolivia had acceded to the Apostille Convention on September 6, 2017. The Apostille Convention currently has 115 Contracting Parties.


Okt 24, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 18/17)
Accession to Hague Apostille Convention
On September 6, 2017, Bolivia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention).

The Apostille Convention will enter into force for Bolivia on May 7, 2018.


Jul 28, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 12/15)
New Regulations on IP internal Procedures
The Bolivian PTO (SENAPI) launched a new version of its regulations on intellectual property internal regulations, which is in force since July 1, 2015.

SENAPI identified some legal vacuums and dispositions contrary to the Decision 486 which establishes the common IP regime for Andean Community members and the Administrative Procedure Law in the former regulations of February 11, 2008.

The new regulations aim to complete and correct the deficiencies found in the former regulations by including definitions, concepts and requirements established in the jurisprudence of the Andean Court of Justice.

Therefore, aspects that were not previously regulated related to trademarks (i.e. oppositions, cancellations, nullity actions, as well as collective, certification and well-known trademarks), patents (i.e. amendments, divisional applications, oppositions, nullity actions, compulsory licenses, and expiration date), utility models, industrial designs, layout-designs of integrated circuits, geographic indications and denominations of origin, are now regulated in the current document.

To access the new regulations on IP internal procedures here (only in Spanish available).

Source: Moeller IP Advisors, Argentina;

Jul 01, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 10/13)
Official Publication Fees Increased
As of June 3, 2013, Ministerial Resolution No. 159/2013 established the increase of the official publication fees for Intellectual Property matters.

The new publication fees are established as follows:
Copyright USD 8.00 (previous fee USD 3.00)
Trademarks (word or device) USD 30.00 (previous fee USD 15.00 for word marks and USD 20.00 for device marks)
Patents USD 30.00 (previous fee USD 20.00)

With this increase the new official filing, publication and registration fees for trademarks are of USD 260.00.

Source: Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., Bolivia

Apr 04, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 9/10)
Official Fee Reduction for Second-Level Domains
NIC Bolivia has announced that as of April 1, 2010, second level ".BO" domain names prices charged to registrars were slashed by almost 35 per cent. No price change has been announced for third level (e.g.: domain names.


Feb 18, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 7/10)
Substantial Increase of Official Fees
The trademark fees from filing to registration have increased from USD 50.00 (approx. EUR 36.00) to USD 225.00 (approx. EUR 164.00).

Source: Moeller IP Advisors, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Legal basis is the Trademark Act of 1918 and the Andean Pact Decision, latest in force Decision 486 of December, 2000.
Bolivia is a member of the Andean Pact. According to the Andean Pact Decision agreement, there are common rules in trademark law in all member states of the Andean Pact (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive signs, including three-dimensional forms, colours, sounds, smells, slogans.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks, collective marks, certification marks and trade names, commercial slogan, commercial name and commercial label
Applications are filed at the Bolivian Intellectual Property Office, which comprises the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Offices.
A separate application has to be filed for each class, there is no multi-class system of application.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
Please note that Bolivia is part of the Apostille Convention, so the documents must be apostilled. If there is no Apostille, the documents must be legalized by the Bolivian Consulate.
A notarised power of attorney authenticated by a Bolivian Consulate is necessary. The PoA needs to follow local notarization proceedings (extra fees apply)
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination and a search for prior trademarks. The application process also includes a third party opposition period of 30 working days after publication.
The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 8-10 months. The first Office action may take place as soon as 2 weeks after application if the application is not complete and may request the completion of such application, providing a 60 working day deadline for this purpose.
The trademark application is published approximately 2-3 months after the application date.
The opposition period is 30 working days from publication (i.e. aprox. 6 weeks). Oppositions are also possible by owners of trademarks in other member states of the Andean Community, if they simultaneously apply for registration of the protected TM in Bolivia.
Protection begins with the date of registration. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of registration. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months following the expiration date of the trademark. Also, a renewal can be submitted six months before the expiration date.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used for a continuous period of 3 years in a member state of the Andean Pact, it becomes vulnerable to cancellation. The 3 year period for cancellation is counted as of the registration date (not application date). Cancellation cannot be filed before three years after registration.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fees for trademark application is BOB 1,000 for one class and BOB 1,000 for each additional class. The registration fee is BOB 500 and publication fee is BOB 255. All fees have to be paid at time of application, including registration and publication fees. If the trademark is not granted, the registration fee is NOT reimbursed by the Intellectual Property Office.

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Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

Jul 30, 2019
Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., La Paz, Bolivia

Jul 22, 2019
Escobar & Escobar, La Paz, Bolivia

Mrz 23, 2016
DAK Intellectual Property Bolivia, La Paz, Bolivia

Jun 26, 2013
Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., La Paz, Bolivia

Feb 07, 2012
Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ., La Paz, Bolivia

DAK Intellectual Property Bolivia

Av. Ballivián 1578, Calacoto
Torre Cesur, Piso 5 La Paz
Bolivia (BO)

Shimojyo Abogados

25 Munoz Reyes, Cota Cota
1194 La Paz
Bolivia (BO)

Landivar & Landivar

Av. Arce No 2618, edif. Columbia, piso 8, of.802
La Paz
Bolivia (BO)

Escobar & Escobar

Calle 16 # 1316, Santiago Segundo, El Alto
P.O. Box 1789 La Paz
Bolivia (BO)

Servicio Nacional de Propriedad Intelectual (SENAPI)
Oficina central - La Paz
Av. Argentina No. 1914
Edif. Angélica María
entre calles Villalobos y Díaz Romero
Zona Miraflores
Teléfonos: 2115700 - 2119276 - 2119251

Tel +591 211 57 00 or 591 211 92 76
Fax +591 211 57 00