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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Okt 28, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 16/14)
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Trademark Registration Speeded Up

As a result of Administrative Resolution No. 48348 of 2014, issued by the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, any person in Colombia interested in filing an application for registration of any distinctive sign will now be able to obtain registration in about four months.

Previously, trademarks were not granted registration in less than six months from the application date. This was mainly a reflection of a very strict interpretation of the intellectual property laws in force in Colombia. According to the CTO’s interpretation of the Paris Convention and Decision 486 of the Andean Community, a trademark registration could not be granted in less than six months because, within that period, a third party could file an application in Colombia claiming its right of priority based on an application previously filed in another contracting state.

The CTO implemented Administrative Resolution 48348, which would allow a reduction in the average time for trademark prosecution in Colombia to four months without affecting the right of priority of other applicants, who could still claim their right of priority within the six-month period.

Source: Cavelier Abogados, Bogota and Romero Raad Abogados, Bogota in INTA Bulletin Vol. 69 No. 19, 15 October 2014