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Mai 31, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 10/16)
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IP Procedures Optimised

The Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property (IEPI) has launched a program for the optimisation and automatization of procedures within the framework of the National Plan for the Simplification of Procedures. The new online processes will speed up the applications and registrations filed before the IEPI and reduce the response times.

Processes and response times for trademark, slogan and trade name registrations should be reduced to six months. Additionally, the response time for distinctive sign oppositions will be reduced to nine months.

The IEPI has also reported that the number of requirements for the inscription of the following contracts will be reduced: databases, computer programs, audio-visual works, literary works and phonograms. The response time for these processes will be one day.