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Okt 25, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 12/11)
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Term Extension to File Oppositions No Longer Accepted

The Ecuadorian Trademark Office has decided to eliminate the possibility of term extensions to file opposition (under Resolution No. 11-029 P-IEPI), in concordance with the Andean Community Regulations.
As from July 2011, the Ecuadorian Trademark Office has decided to eliminate exensions of terms to file oppositions against trademark applications, considering that there was a contradiction between the national and the community regulations.
The Decision 486 of the Andean Community does not include the possibility of requesting extensions of terms to file oppositions, against the Ecuadorian Trademark Law which accepts this exception.
In light of the above, the Ecuadorian Trademark Office has concluded that the community regulation must prevail on the national one. Therefore, extensions will no longer be granted in Ecuador to file oppositions.

Source: Moeller IP Advisors, Buenos Aires, Argentina